Are you the kind of person that likes to tuck yourself away in a little corner and get your creative juices flowing for hours on end?
Maybe you find this the most comfortable and productive place to be.
All alone with your pencil and paper. A hot mug of tea. And no distractions. Aaaahhhh….
A lot of us creative folk would seem to fit into this category. And according to some research carried out down at the Software Advice headquarters, we’re an essential ingredient of a super star workforce.
What am I banging on about?
You’ll find out in a second – thanks to this intriguing guest post from the guys at Software Advice.
Whether you fall into this personality-category or not, I’m sure you’ll know someone who does. So read on. And start to picture the different types of people that would make up your ideal dream team work force… Would this be one of them?
Are you a Savant?
Software Advice’s founder & CEO, Don Fornes, recently shared a series of personality profiles of workplace leaders, which they have dubbed the “Psychological Profiles of the Dream Team”. One of these profiles, the “Savant” specifically looks at those that excel in writing, creative and engineering roles.
Savants make especially good writers because they have extensive vocabularies, are masterful with words, pay close attention to details and have the ability to properly research their work.
Fornes also notes that a “savant” may often be introverted or have some social communication issues, but what they lack in interpersonal skills they more than make up in passion, their desire to learn, natural creativity and intelligence towards a specific skill.
Key Qualities of Savants:
Savants are independent, loyal, and natural problem solvers. Their focus and determination allow them to concentrate intensely for hours at a time, often not stopping until the project is complete. They are self-motivated perfectionists that hold themselves to high standards, and strive to deliver the best possible product.
While perfectionism is one of their assets, it is also one of their challenges. Since it’s impossible to do everything perfect, their desire for perfection can often lead to depression and a sense of underachievement.
Savants are often introverts, who have trouble communicating effectively with others. They are better at expressing themselves in their work.
Savants Are Great Writers:
Savants excel in writing, research, and creatives roles. They are natural wordsmiths, and excel in reading and writing from a very young age. Since Savants are natural problem solvers they also make great researchers.
Savants are also naturally creative people, with active imaginations. These skills combined with their natural talent for words makes them great content creators or editorial directors.
A Few Roles Savants Should Avoid:
Savants struggle with interpersonal skills and have a discomfort for social situations, which means they do not make them best candidates for senior management roles, jobs with a lot of customer interaction or positions where they are micromanaged.
Most importantly, they should always avoid roles where they are not utilizing their talent. They will become bored and removed from a role that does not allow them to engage their intelligence and creative minds.
Savants can be some of your highest-performing employees, if they are given an environment that is comfortable and encourages them to utilize their natural intelligence and creativity. Every company that needs a great writer on their team needs to find themselves a “savant.”
Well, there you go.
We probably all know at least one person who fits this description, right?
But are the boundaries so very clear-cut? Is every creative copywriter, or author or artist, or engineer or architect, necessarily bad with interpersonal and management skills? I think not. But maybe the truly amazing ones are.
Would you consider yourself a savant? Or something quite the opposite?
Share your thoughts now!