Forer Workstyle Inventory: Personality Traits

What follows is a list of descriptions of the traits used in the Forer Works Style personality inventory.


Energy relates to the time and speed, i.e. the efficiency at which people undertake tasks. The two preferences within the energy trait are marathonist and sprinter.


Personality Trait: MarathonistPeople in with this personality trait preference genus work persistently, achieving great things over the long term.

Archetypal professions that match this work style preference are lawyers, parents, politicians, scientists, spiritualists, teachers, executives and engineers. These professions rely on an ability for endurance to get the job done over long periods of time.

Engineering projects often last for years and requires persistence and stamina. Parents need to be marathonists because a child is basically a life-long project that is never over.

For more information about how to interpret the Forer Work Personality Inventory, read the background.


Personality trait: SprinterPeople classified as sprinter personality are the type of person who can can be relied upon to get the job done very quickly.

Archetypal professions that match this workstyle preference are surgeons, physicians, publicists, traders, retailers, entertainers, nurses and accountants. These professions rely on an ability to quickly turn over work in a short term of time, continuously under pressure to undertake the next task.

The sprinter has the capability to get the job done quickly and get it done well, as opposed to the marathonist. A manager with sprinter aspects will be able to work on long term projects, but prefers to chop the task into many small manageable bits.

For more information about how to interpret the Forer Work Personality Inventory, read the background.


This trait is a predictor of mental preferences. Some people are very knowledgeable in one articular area while others are more generic thinkers and use first principles to find solutions. The two preferences within the intellect trait are expert and analyst.


Personality trait: ExpertThe expert preference genus are people with a great depth of expertise that you bring to your organisation.

Expert occupations are lawyers, physicians and surgeons. Expertise is also required for retailers because they need to know their product very well and entertainers, as they are specialised in their own specific area.


Personality trait: AnalystAnalysts are valued for their ability to find useful solutions among the chaos.

They are the opposite of experts in that analysts don’t rely on previous knowledge, but assess every situation on its own merits, starting at first principles.

Perspective Dimension

Perspective relates to people’s ability to concentrate on one task or prefer multitasking. The two preferences within the perspective trait are focal and generalist.


Personality trait: FocalProfessionals with a focal orientation have the ability to focus knowledge and effort with great intensity.

Professions where this trait is particularly present are the scientist, the engineer and the accountants. Eye for detail is also important for traders, retailers, surgeons, spiritualists and lawyers.

For more information about how to interpret the Forer Work Personality Inventory, read the background.


Personality trait: Generalist

A generalist is somebody with an authoritative breadth of knowledge that is valued by others.

Generalists are valuable to organisations because they can be used to solve a variety of tasks.


The Activity dimension or trait relates to the role people naturally take in a group work situation. The two preferences within the activity trait are implementer and organiser.


Personality Trait: ImplementorThe implementer is the person that is right into the action. If this appears in your work style inventory then you are the person in your organization that people look to to get the job done.

Implementers are lawyers, parents, politicians and scientists. These are generally solitary occupations where you need to rely on your own ability to getting things done. These are examples of Marathonist implementers as they generally work on long term projects.

Retailers, nurses, entertainers and accountants are also examples of implementers, although they are more of the Sprinter type.


Personality trait: OrganiserIf the Organiser type is in your work style inventory, people look to you for leadership and your problem solving skills on any project.

The organiser is not the person doing the work, instead they are the ones coordinating others to ensure they collectively work towards a common goal.

Typical professions for this trait dimension are the engineer and the executive. They are in professions where work is undertaken in large teams and no one person can achieve the end goal by themselves. Teachers are also examples of organisers as it is the students that do the learning, the teacher is a mere conduit, helping students to master the material.


The closing aspect of the inventory is amity, or the ability of people to relate to each other and form friendships. Amity is indicated by attaching a Star to the inventory. People with a star attached to their work style inventory are friendly and supportive team member with a good sense of humour. They are people with a higher level of collective values and are able to empathise more strongly with their colleagues.


Personality Trait: StarIf a star is assigned as your personality trait, then you are generally a friendly and supportive team member with a good sense of humour.

At Lucid Manager we can not stress often enough the importance of having a sense of humour in business and life in general. Many people take business too serious and that is a shame.

Having a genuine smile and being a nice person has also scientifically being proven to have a positive effect on performance and on perceptions of customer service.

Our brains are wired for emotional contagion, which is what transfers our emotions from one person to another. If we see a grumpy person, our mood changes to match their negativity. If we work with somebody who is cheerful and positive, we also elevate our mood accordingly.

Our brain contains so called mirror neurons that fire both when an we act and when we observe the same action performed by another. So when we see somebody smile, our mirror neurons are also smiling.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.