Working With a Type A Personality

Understanding someones personality provides insight into the best way to approach and work with him or her.

Type A personalities operate at a maximum speed and aspire to achieve large goals; as a result, they display the following traits and behaviors:

  • Competitiveness – Everyone and everything is a challenge to a Type A, and he or she will do everything to break down any barrier that stands in his or her way.
  • An Unrealistic Sense of Urgency – Completing a task or goal is done as if the world ends tomorrow. Type As dont like to waste time and they race to complete the goals theyve set in their minds.
  • Multitasking – Type As can handle many unrelated tasks or goals and perform well at all of them.
  • Constant Stress – Type As are subject to a tremendous amounts of stress because they are constantly racing against time or have too many things to do.

Below is a list of actions to keep in mind when working with a Type A personality:

  • Dont Waste Time – Type As are sensitive to time and the quickest way to get on their nerves is to take your time. If you want to get on their good side, work at the same speed as they do.
  • Get To The Point – Type As tend to process information quickly and when you hear him or her say “Got It”, its a signal for you to get to your point. They appreciate individuals that can communicate in a clear, concise, and succinct manner.
  • Never Show Up Late – Doing so, may result in him or her seeing you as not worthy of their time. Making a Type A wait means that you are preventing him or her from doing something else.
  • Have A Timeline – Type As hate uncertainties because he or she wont know how much time it will take to complete the task. Make sure you have some sort of timeline around what you need him or her to complete.


via Working With a Type A Personality | Psychology Today.