A few days ago, @MmeBergevin posted a visual of the True Colours quadrants and the accompanying personality traits associated with each colour. Seeing that graphic took me back to the spring of my last year as a classroom teacher. In those days, there was a selection of off-site professional learning opportunities available to educators, as opposed to our current model of site based school improvement focused learning days. I knew at that time that I would be transitioning into a vice principal role in the upcoming fall and I was intrigued by this session.
I can clearly recall the two presenters ~ one whom I immediately connected with and the other, whose style seemed unorganized and frustrating to me as a participant. As we went through various activities and learned about the four quadrants and how knowledge of our colour could influence our interactions with others, I learned that day that I was drawn to presenters who shared a similar personality colour. As soon as I had determined my dominant colour of Gold, I knew that when it was time for the presenters to reveal their colours I could easily identify the one who was Gold and the one who was Orange.
Oh, what a simplistic, single-minded view I had of myself and those around me…. Such an embarrassment when I think about it. I was dismissive and jealous at the same time of others because I had not learned to appreciate the value within each quadrant.
Fast forward to today and add 15 years of learning about differentiation, multiple intelligences and emotional/social intelligence and now I find myself looking at the same quadrant with an entirely new lens.
I wonder how 15 years ago I landed solely within the Gold quadrant and could not imagine myself identifying with many of the traits within the other quadrants. As I look at those same definitions today, it is amazing how many of the traits within all four quadrants I know see evidence of on a regular basis. Is this simply as a result of life experiences and being in the role of a school leader (which creates the conditions for interacting with so many individuals) or have I done something intentional to move from monochromatic to polychromatic?
I can’t help but wonder if I were to have the opportunity to return to the scene of the original professional learning session if I would now see the strengths of the presenter who identified herself as Orange. I hope so…
Take a look at the graphic. Do you have a dominant quadrant?
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