What kind of genius are you?

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Albert Einstein once said, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it’s stupid.” In the same way, there aren’t necessarily smart people, and dumb people. Everyone is talented, and useful, in their own way. So which kind of genius are you? And more importantly, how can you maximize that genius and apply it to your own line of work? For that matter, are you in a position that is most suited to your own particular set of talents?

All of us are born great at something. As we mature, we realise that there are some things that we do not fare so well at. What happens is that we feel so bad about these things that we are not good at and we work hard at improving on our weaknesses that we tend to forget our natural abilities.


The four geniuses

There are four types of natural genius: this is what we should hone. This idea can be traced way back, 5,000 years ago, and is connected to the four seasons and frequencies that can be found in ancient Chinese and Indian school of thoughts. Even Aristotle and Plato identified these four types, in some form.

Even though these are ancient in origin, they are being applied today by many business leaders so that they can effectively lead their team, as well as attract more customers. Finding out the type of genius that you are will make you aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

Below are the four geniuses. Which one of these matches your personality?


Dynamo genius = Ideas smart

Dynamo geniuses are focused on creating ideas. This type of genius starts things, and keeps them going. They also like to see the future more than others. Their heads are often floating around thinking about ideas, and dynamo geniuses have short attention spans. Do not expect them to be as organised or as social as others.

This type does not do well in paying attention and finishing things, because they prefer to innovate and be creative.

Leadership style: Task-based

Weakest point: Consulting and following intuition. Dynamo geniuses are not good with timing and service.

Example of dynamo geniuses: Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Thomas Edison.


Blaze geniuses = People smart

Blaze geniuses are focused on communication and conversation. They are all about talking to people, asking the right questions, growing relationships, and putting people first. Blaze geniuses do not worry about their sudden change in focus or about being stuck in the office. This type of genius is not so good when it comes to details and analysis.

Leadership style: Communication

Weakest point: Calculation

Example of blaze geniuses: Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Welch, Larry King, and Oprah Winfrey


Tempo geniuses = Senses smart

Tempo geniuses are focused on their perseverance and senses, preferring to be extra careful and take more time to think about things. Tempo geniuses are known for being calm and grounded. This type of genius can handle many activities, and they are hands-on at what they do.

Do not expect a creative plan from a tempo genius, or you will be disappointed. Tempo geniuses are good when it comes to timing and based on their senses, they know when it’s the right time to act, to sell, to buy, or to hold.

Leadership style: Servant leadership

Weakest point: They are weakest when it comes to being creative. They cannot start from scratch and produce a creative result.

Example of tempo geniuses: Gandhi, George Soros, Michael Phelps, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffet, and Woodrow Wilson


Steel geniuses = Details smart

Steel geniuses focus their strength in systems and details. They do not mind not being social or sensitive enough, and prefer being alone–they’re the most productive when they are working on their own. Steel geniuses are able to find more effective ways to do things based on systems that have already been set into place. They do not want to be rushed and will create systems based on their timing.

Leadership style: Systems-driven leadership

Weakest point: Small talk and constant communication aren’t their thing. Too much contact with a blaze genius can dull the mind of a steel genius.

Example of details geniuses: John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Ray Kroc, and Sergey Brin


So, which are you?

There is no one person who can excel at everything. Each one has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. The important thing is that you know what you can and cannot do so that you can focus on the things that you are good at and make a difference.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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