4 Awesome Ways Diplomat Personality Types Make a Fresh Start at Work

Starting a job or going back to work after an absence (like working from home) can be exciting, maybe even a relief. Ah, the sweet taste of normalcy. But in the middle of all those swirling thoughts and feelings hides an awesome opportunity to make a fresh start. Updating your approach can help you stand out positively and build (or affirm) bonds with the people you work with.

Today we’ll look at some ways that Diplomat personality types leverage their natural inner qualities to create success in the workplace. Advocates (INFJ), Mediators (INFP), Protagonists (ENFJ), and Campaigners (ENFP) usually find the greatest happiness and prosperity when they stay true to themselves. Let’s consider how these personality types make great things happen – like making a fresh start at work.

Authenticity-Powered Progress

The warmth of the Feeling trait and inspiration of the Intuitive trait are what make you a Diplomat personality type. Being able to connect with people is part of who you are, anywhere you are. But personality type and persona are different, and chances are, your “work self” is somewhat distinct.

How much does being at work change your personality? Our “Work Personality” survey can give you amazing insights about yourself and how you compare to other personality types.

Did you know that different personas can still be an authentic expression of your personality? It’s a freeing thought, in some ways. Calculated actions can be sincere, and there’s nothing wrong with taking a conscious approach to the workplace.

Your morals and beliefs will guide you even when you have your ambitious “work hat” on. And that can be wise. Ignoring your personal values can cause mounting discomfort that may make your job feel like a grim sentence. But both your soul and your success flourish when your inner qualities empower your work.

Let’s consider a few ways that successful Diplomat personality types use their trait-based strengths to boost their careers.

4 Lofty Diplomat Approaches to Success

1. Elevating Everyone

It’s natural to try to connect with important people around us (and not a bad idea). Inspired Diplomats look even further to see the potential in everyone, also connecting with those who struggle or don’t fit in well. This is partly out of kindness but also to facilitate whatever contribution they can make to the shared environment. Diplomats who help others access their potential improve the workplace, and that benefits them as well.

2. Being Self-Aware

Successful Diplomats thrive at work by processing their feelings consciously. Whether it’s handling criticism, balancing hope with realism, or simply leaving work stress at work, Diplomat personalities do their best when they recognize how feelings affect their thinking. They tend to get the outcomes they want when emotion empowers their choices in a mindful way more than a reactive way.

3. Being Forthright

It’s not always comfortable to be candid, but successful Diplomats know that good communication requires honesty. They’re as kind and tactful as possible but always try to express what they truly think and feel. That’s especially important in any situation where people may have a motivation, conscious or not, to dismiss or misinterpret what’s being said – for example, when Diplomats are giving critical feedback or addressing anything inappropriate.

4. Accepting Credit

There are times when it’s perfectly appropriate to celebrate your own success and accomplishments, and the most successful Diplomats do so without feeling guilty about it. They give credit where it’s due, including to themselves, and welcome the ensuing self-respect as motivation. Not only does success deserve recognition but it’s also a way to honorably advertise their virtues – always a good thing at work.


Balancing personal motivations with a sense of responsibility to others isn’t easy, but the impulse to do so is part of what makes Diplomats so wonderful in the workplace. Their approaches can definitely fuel a fresh start. These personality types tend to be successful when they follow their humanistic instincts and push for what they feel is important.

I think my mom, an Advocate, is a decent example of that. (I’m biased, but just go with me here.) She worked passionately in the field of early childhood development. Over the decades, I’ve seen her speak her mind to employers, school officials, and various adults with power over children’s lives.

Her idealistic compassion also guided how she challenged things – she was fair-minded and progress-oriented. Her respect for others’ concerns and pragmatic realities gave her credibility. Her kindness made her appealing, and her persistence made her hard to ignore. It’s a professionally effective approach.

And when her beliefs made her unpopular, she was always able to find strength and satisfaction in the fact that she’d stayed true to them. And, ultimately, her positive reputation kept her options open. I think that, especially for Diplomats, some measures of success need to be internal if work is to be truly fulfilling.

Have you worked with a notable Diplomat personality type? What impressed you about them? What did you like? Let us know in the comments below.

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