The Gold personality description is characterized by its preference and ability toward organizing, structuring, and planning. The Gold term is derived from True Color’s International and has been around since the 1980s. This personality is associated with the MBTI ESTJ, ESFJ, ISTJ, and ISFJ.
If you’re unfamiliar, the True Colors Personality Assessment is actually a really helpful tool that can give you some valuable insights into your personality traits and communication styles. It’s based on the work of Don Lowry, and it breaks down personalities into four primary colors: Blue, Gold, Green, and Orange. Understanding your true colors can be a real eye-opener and help you better understand yourself and how you interact with others.
Each vibrant color represents unique personality traits and communication preferences that can bring joy and positivity to our lives. Blues are known for their empathy and nurturing nature, while Golds excel in organization and responsibility. Greens bring their analytical and logical thinking to the table, while Oranges inspire spontaneity and a zest for life. By discovering our True Colors, we unlock the potential for personal growth, stronger relationships, and a brighter outlook on life.
This test is often used in workshops, training sessions, and schools to help people understand themselves better and work well with others who have different personality styles. I was certified as a True Colors trainer over 25 years ago.
The Gold personality description wouldn’t be complete without words like concrete, organized, precision, or responsible. These are just a few characteristics that embody the old personality description.
Dependability and excellence drive this personality and are linked to their sense of fulfillment.
You may hear a Gold temperament say something like, “It’s tried and true; let’s stick with it.” They see no value in change for the sake of change.
Variety is okay, but they approach it a bit more cautiously than other temperaments. In fact, they likely would prefer to keep things the same and make calculated changes over time, improving what exists rather than just making knee-jerk changes.
The Gold personality is characterized by a strong inclination toward structure, order, and attention to detail. Individuals with this personality type excel in planning, organizing, and managing tasks efficiently.
They often find satisfaction in creating and adhering to schedules, to-do lists, and systems that help streamline their daily lives.
These individuals tend to thrive in roles that demand precision, reliability, and a meticulous approach to work, making them invaluable team members or leaders in various professional settings.
One of the notable strengths of the Gold personality is their ability to maintain clarity and consistency.
They bring structure to chaos, ensuring that projects, events, or routines run smoothly.
Their attention to detail and methodical nature often result in fewer errors and a heightened sense of accountability.
However, it’s essential to recognize that this personality type may occasionally struggle with flexibility, as they may resist change or spontaneity in favor of their established routines and systems. Overall, the naturally organized personality contributes to a more organized, efficient, and reliable environment at work and in their personal lives.
You can fix it…really.
When you see life, you see the chaos within it. I think it’s a given that you can see the “cracks” so they can be fixed. Usually, you’re the one doing the repair because you’re super good at organizing and seeing how things should flow. You can likely look at something and know where things should go to maximize the space. You have a strong spatial intelligence built right into your personality. Cool, huh?
You are also an AMAZING leader! Sometimes, they may call you bossy, but you’re just getting things done. The Gold personality has the ability to set priorities.
If this is you, that’s why you’re an excellent list maker.
Those lists keep you on track and help you focus on the pressing issues and the individuals who are impacted or involved.
The only problem is you may get on folks’ nerves a little bit.
Organizing without annoying people involves balancing efficiency and consideration for others.
Firstly, only organize or bring order WHEN ASKED. Respect that some people may view order differently than you do. In other words, they may like their mess.
Either way, communicate your organizational plans and systems clearly. Whether at home or in a professional setting, inform those affected by the changes and explain the benefits. Encourage feedback and suggestions, showing that you value their input.
Next, respect the preferences and boundaries of those around you. Avoid imposing your organizational methods on others who may have different working styles. For example, in shared spaces, label and designate areas for organization without encroaching on others’ spaces. Be flexible and open to compromise, finding solutions that accommodate various needs.
Another tip to not get the reputation of being a butthead is to maintain a clean and clutter-free environment as a way of modeling neatness. YOu can inspire people more easily than lecturing them.
Ultimately, effective organization should enhance collaboration and harmony rather than disrupt it.
I used to use these videos when I conducted training. Check it out and please take it with a grain of salt. It is intentionally exaggerated.
You might be a little critical.
While you don’t mean any harm, you freely offer critique and advice so things can be better and people can do better. Efficiency is big for you and you just want to help people operate more efficiently. This may offend some people, so be careful. What can I say? You’re a Gold! Of course, you will be considerate… because appropriateness rings through to your very core. Offending people is not your motive when offering feedback or opinions. But you likely do.
Now that you’re aware of it. Try to minimize those behaviors.
It starts with possibly trying to be a bit more empathetic, understanding, and constructive when giving feedback.
Start by actively listening to others – without judgment as much as you are able.
Give them the space to express their thoughts and feelings, even if they differ from your own.
Some people like their way of doing things, just as you like your way of living your life. I remember someone told me something like, “When things are too neat, it makes me itch.” Clearly, they were joking, but it confirmed they have a different perspective. Who am I to judge it? UNLESS I gave birth to them, that is.
Practice empathy by trying to see things from their perspective and acknowledging their emotions. Instead of immediately pointing out flaws or mistakes, seek to understand the context and underlying reasons behind their actions or decisions.
When providing feedback, focus on offering constructive suggestions rather than criticism. Frame your comments in a way that promotes growth and improvement rather than discouragement. Adopting a more empathetic and constructive approach can foster healthier relationships and contribute to a more positive and supportive environment.
Don’t let people take advantage of you or your Gold personality!
Just like the Blue Temperament, you’re likely to be burdened by others. Saying “no” might be difficult because you’re kind, dutiful, respectful, and helpful. People know they can count on you so that those jokers will come to you time and time again. Sometimes, it can be just too much. Take care of yourself. Only then can you help others.
My personal confession: My Gold friends are usually the first people invited to my “get-togethers.”
Being around me, they know I’m going to crack them up all evening and offer engaging conversation. But, one thing I’m not going to do easily is keep things running smoothly. I may forget to restock the ice bucket or replenish the snack table because I’m chatting, giggling, and having fun. But, they are usually just going to do those things because that’s who they are – people of order and structure.
A perfect example is my bestie, Cheryle. She keeps me organized. She has for years. When I’m about to go nuts, she methodically asks questions that help me think intelligently through whatever is going on.
Let’s talk about relationships and the Gold personality type.
Being in a relationship with a Gold personality can bring a sense of stability and organization to one’s life.
Since they excel in planning and maintaining routines, they can create a well-ordered and efficient environment.
Their reliability and attention to detail can be reassuring, as they tend to take their commitments seriously and are often punctual and dependable. Who doesn’t like that?
People who lack that sort of dependability can feel a sense of security in the relationship, as they can trust that the Gold personality will follow through on their promises and responsibilities.
However, it’s important to acknowledge that being in a relationship with a highly structured person may also come with some challenges. Lord, yes!
Their strong preference for routines and organization can sometimes lead to rigidity and resistance to change, which may clash with a more spontaneous or flexible partner – like an Orange or a Blue personality.
In relationships, I think it is important to find a balance between the Gold person’s need for order and the other temperaments’ desire for spontaneity or adaptability.
Effective communication and compromise are key to making the relationship thrive, as both partners can learn from each other’s strengths and work together to navigate the intricacies of their unique dynamic. I think two extremes can mellow themselves out. Or shall I say balance one another?
My advice to the Gold personality: in relationships, be careful of that “fix it” mode and give too much advice. People can be turned off by it in spite of all your good intentions. The best practice is to share your feedback when asked. When you see something. “wrong,” take a few breaths and just embrace silence. The saying “nobody asked you” was created for a reason. Likely, the first person who ever said it had a Gold in their life! Ha!
Remember, you’re a valuable part of a work team, social circle, and family. You bring the stability we all need to improve and learn to be better. Never change.
I found this video and thought it would be interesting to read after reading this blog post. It is NOT True Colors – but the research is pretty much the same and built upon Hippocrates’ model.
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