What type of worker are you?

It takes all kinds to make a workplace run smoothly. Where do you fit in?

3. The Believer

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Zahra Huber (left) talks with a colleague while wearing her Muslim hijab at the radio station where she worked in Southfield, Mich., in 2007. In the workplace, Believers derive their most important sense of inner strength from external sources, such as religious belief or commitment to causes.

Believers (27 percent) tend to think of themselves as relatively happy people who find solace by trusting in the stabilizing, civilizing power of larger principles and the greater good – their faiths, their organizations, their ideals, their country – and feel unhappy when those values are compromised. Being appreciated for their work and staying true to their mission and their principles are central. Believers possess high degrees of fortitude, deriving their most important sense of inner strength from external sources, such as religious belief or commitment to causes. Most Believers don’t consider themselves natural leaders, but they are by and large satisfied with their lives. This group skews slightly female.

Believers have a solid sense of self. They’re less comfortable as a group than Solvers or Spouters with their own expressions of emotion, but they are comfortable with others expressing emotion in the workplace.  Unlike Spouters, these people listen more than they speak, and prefer to tell the truth, but don’t tend to go out on a limb to make a point. They fall back on the foundations of their social networks to find personal resiliency. Believers can be helpful in emotionally charged situations: During stressful times at work, they can help lift others out of the immediacy of a single moment and help the organization focus on the larger mission. 

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Dear Reader,

About a year ago, I happened upon this statement about the Monitor in the Harvard Business Review – under the charming heading of “do things that don’t interest you”:

“Many things that end up” being meaningful, writes social scientist Joseph Grenny, “have come from conference workshops, articles, or online videos that began as a chore and ended with an insight. My work in Kenya, for example, was heavily influenced by a Christian Science Monitor article I had forced myself to read 10 years earlier. Sometimes, we call things ‘boring’ simply because they lie outside the box we are currently in.”

If you were to come up with a punchline to a joke about the Monitor, that would probably be it. We’re seen as being global, fair, insightful, and perhaps a bit too earnest. We’re the bran muffin of journalism.

But you know what? We change lives. And I’m going to argue that we change lives precisely because we force open that too-small box that most human beings think they live in.

The Monitor is a peculiar little publication that’s hard for the world to figure out. We’re run by a church, but we’re not only for church members and we’re not about converting people. We’re known as being fair even as the world becomes as polarized as at any time since the newspaper’s founding in 1908.

We have a mission beyond circulation, we want to bridge divides. We’re about kicking down the door of thought everywhere and saying, “You are bigger and more capable than you realize. And we can prove it.”

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