Some individuals adhere to their parents’ choices somewhat precisely when it comes to their own work, values, and lifestyle. Others prefer to forge their own way, paying little attention to their families’ influence. Obviously, many factors determine how closely individuals align their adult lives with their families’ values and interests. However, while it doesn’t tell the whole story, personality traits do seem to sway the degree to which people follow in the footsteps of their parents and siblings.
Some of our survey responses hint at how much Executives rely on their families for support, their values, and even their career paths – or how they don’t. As always, our surveys reveal tendencies and never absolutes. Some tendencies they reveal for Executives follow:
Executives are likely one of the types most comfortable with the phrase: “Because it’s a family tradition...” They typically value family (biological or extended) and community, and they feel a loyalty to traditions. This is likely to be reflected in the influence their parents hold over them as adults.
An obvious caveat is that, while their families can be powerful support systems, it can be important not to lose individual Executives in those systems. People must have a sense of autonomy and identity. Safeguarding this can be difficult when a family is too tightly entangled, and when values or ideals are maintained merely for the sake of tradition or “not rocking the boat.”
The following are some ideas and exercises to help you as an Executive maintain your individual sense of identity:
What kind of influence does your family exert in your life as an adult? What’s good about it, and what might you do better without? How do you think it relates to you as an Executive? Let us know – we love hearing from you!
Until next time,
The 16Personalities Team