Obnoxious Personalities Actually Can Destroy Strong Creativity

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Obnoxious Personalities and Overpowering People

One of the most challenging issues that a leader must address is that of obnoxious and overpowering personalities.There are many issues that those trying to develop a strong team have to deal with.

Abraham Lincoln once said about the use of power, “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.”  The use of power is a test of character. However, there are many people who use power to become overpowering.

Overpowering personalities can suppress the creativity of any group. The creative mind does not like to spend their time dealing with conflict and therefore will avoid interaction with the overpowering person.

Here are 7 things that an obnoxious and overpowering personality suppresses in the minds of those they work with.

Number 1 – An obnoxious and overpowering personality suppresses the desire of daydreaming. Daydreaming can be one of the most creative and productive processes for any team or organization.

George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, once said, “I’m not much of a math and science guy. I spent most of my time in school daydreaming and managed to turn it into a living.”

Daydreaming is not appreciated by most overpowering personalities.

Number 2 – Obnoxious personalities can discourage those they lead to be observers of their surroundings. This type of leader does not encourage the team to share their thoughts and their ideas.   

Number 3 – An obnoxious and overpowering personality or team leader does not allow those that are under their leadership to have time to be creative. This kills creativity. Their schedule is the law when in fact it would be best for those on the team to have some say as to what works best for creative juices to flow. 

An overpowering leader many times is not creative.  Many people do possess this trait and a positive leader recognizes that creative people are risk takers, creators, inventors and builders.  Overpowering team leaders simply cannot see these personality traits in their team members.

Number 4 – Obnoxious personalities and overpowering leaders do not encourage solitude. They do believe in allowing those they lead to have time to themselves.  They fail to understand that many times the creative mind works best in solitude.

Over powering leaders do not see the values of solitude.  Albert Einstein once said about being alone, “I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.  There is great learning that can take place in quiet moments.

Number 5 – An and obnoxious and overpowering personality suppresses the creativity of others when they do not allow them to seek out new experiences. A good leader understands that there are many skills, resources, talents, and opportunities that are outside of their personal experiences. The healthy team leader encourages those they lead to find new ideas and possibilities.  Not so with an overpowering individual.

Number 6 – An obnoxious and overpowering leader does not acknowledge creative people as insatiably curious.  In fact, creative people scare some leaders.

A good leader recognizes that those who have a creative mind look at the world around them and want to know why, and how, it is the way it is.

Number 7 – An and obnoxious and overpowering leader is not a people watcher. However, creative people are extreme people watchers. They are observant by nature. They are curious about the lives of other people and are very comfortable in being people watchers.

A good leader would see this as a treasure for their organization or company. An overpowering leader suppresses this type of behavior.

What kind of leader are you?

How do you deal with obnoxious personalities?

Are you an obnoxious and overpowering personality?

Simply stated, an over powering, obnoxious personality can destroy the health and potential of any team but creative team members can unleash unbelievable potential.

Dale Roach


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