Sorry for the long post, but maybe someone has some insight.

I recently worked in a non-profit organization ( a start-up) where the leader was a high I. The exec at the company had, what I consider, a cult like leadership style: you are 200% into the cause or you don't belong there.  The organization comes before you and even your family. Th expectation was that you were always available, including weekends, and should never question management.    I left their employment after a short time.

I recently went on a odd job interview.  I performed 50/50 on the interview, and I admit this . They liked my high D personality, but I blanked out when I was asked a technical question regarding my field, pure nervousness.  At the end of the interview, the CEO of the private firm came in to talk to me.  He started to tell me that he wanted to be "candid" (the exec of the former company would always use that term - "candid") and began to tell me how he felt I was not a good fit.   Their main concern was that my advanced degree was in another field and that I could leave at any time.  He seemed to, again, have this cult like attitude as he spoke.  He asked me many personal questions about my degree and ambitions, and he made the same exact "thinking" faces that the prior exec made.  It was so odd to say the least and my impression was that he was a high I.

This is my own experience, but any feedback is welcome.

mattpalmer's picture

I've seen cult-like workplaces run by all manner of people.  It isn't restricted to any segment of the DISC profile.  In fact, let's brainstorm the cults that each segment would create:

  • High D: Feels like you're working on the pyramids while rowing a greek trireme.  You work 28 hours a day, you don't even know if your wife has left you, and forgot whether you have kids.  And that's when you *are* the boss...
  • High I: Company songs, beer pong, and nothing is ever wrong.  You never accept your boss' offer of kool-aid, and what's with all that *smiling*?
  • High S: You don't even realise you're really *in* a work-cult.  But you still end up working weekends, and when you don't pick up the phone at 4am on Christmas morning you get a voicemail from your boss that describes how personally hurt she is by your inability to contribute to the team's success.
  • High C: There are charts on every vertical surface detailing exactly how many hours each person has worked every week since the company was founded, including correlations against phase of the moon, weather conditions, and performance reviews.

Anyone want to chip in with ideas of their own?

GlennR's picture

I am sitting here admiring Matt's post above as if I were admiring a work of art in a museum.


JustHere's picture

Thanks, Matt, that was marvelous. I've just experienced high I's with very poor people skills, sigh.

lilith's picture

I die!  Thank you for your wonderfully insightful post!!  :)

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