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Romney’s Personality Type

What kind of guy makes millions and works free?

Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
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In a few paragraphs you'll see what kind of man Mitt Romney's web site thinks he is.

He was born in 1947. In the MBTIR (Myers-Briggs personality system), he’s probably an ENTJ type (Extraverted, iNtuitive, Thinking, Judging). This is a forceful type that often assumes a leadership role. Opinions of his Enneagram type on the Internet are all over the place: Perfectionist, Questioner, Asserter, and mostly Achiever. Romney looks like an Achiever to me. Tom Cruise is probably also an Achiever. They both have that “all-American” look. Achievers are the most typically American type, usually extraverted, and in tune with the culture.

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Wikipedia writes about him, “During the course of his political career, his positions or rhetorical emphasis have shifted more towards American conservatism in several areas.” Shifting for practical or expedient reasons is characteristic of the Achiever—sometimes as a means of getting ahead. Romney is said to have excelled at social skills when young (more than academics or sports) and keeping well-groomed, something that is important to most Achievers. He has also demonstrated a great amount of energy and enjoyment in working, other Achiever traits. In graduate school, fellow students said Romney was optimistic and had a solid work ethic, was non-ideological, and did not involve himself in the political or social issues of the day.

 I saw his son Josh interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN recently. He said his family had almost no household help growing up. I found that unusual from a wealthy couple raising 5 sons.

 Romney’s web site says, “After going to both Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School simultaneously, he passed the Michigan bar, but never worked as an attorney. As a venture-capitalist, Romney’s first major business deal involved investing in a start-up office supply company with one store in Massachusetts that sold office supplies. That company, called Staples, now has over 2,000 stores and employs over 90,000 people. Romney or his company Bain Capital (using what became known as the “Bain Way”) would go on to perform the same kinds of business miracles again and again, with companies like Domino’s, Sealy, Brookstone, Weather Channel, Burger King, Warner Music Group, Dollarama, Home Depot Supply, and many others… Got your calculators handy? Let’s recap. Volunteer campaign worker for his dad’s gubernatorial campaign—1 year. Unpaid intern in Governor’s office—8 years. Mormon missionary in Paris—2 years. Unpaid bishop and stake president for his church—10 years. No salary as president of the Olympics – 3 years. No salary as MA governor—4 years. That’s a grand total of 28 years of unpaid service to his country, his community and his church. Why? Because that’s the kind of man Mitt Romney is.”

 

Romney has also bounced back from a car accident and serious setbacks in business. Achievers are known for keeping going.

 

For more Famous People’s types, see my other blog and my web site.

 

If you’d like to hear me play nursery rhymes 9 Enneagram ways on the piano, listen to this.

 

Elizabeth Wagele is the co-author with Ingrid Stabb of The Career Within You: How to Find the Perfect Job for Your Personality.

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