6 Types of Working Genius

“Far too many people in the world suffer needlessly because they don’t understand their personal areas of working genius. As a result, they don’t do the kind of work that gives them joy and energy, and they end up in jobs and projects that are draining and demoralizing.” Patrick Lencioni


The Working Genius is a new model by  Patrick Lencioni, a global management consultant.  Developed to help companies, large and small, tap into one another’s talents and passions to improve productivity.

The 6 types of working genius are:

  • Wonder
  • Invention
  • Discernment
  • Galvanizing
  • Enablement
  • Tenacity

At Carolina Training and Assessments, we use the Working Genius model to analyze and improve team performance throughout your organization.  We start with a 10 minute long assessment then review the custom reports with you and your team, providing detail insights about the genius, competency and frustrations of each of your team.

Working Genius for Leaders

The best leaders are self-aware leaders. As a result, they surround themselves with people who can fill their own gaps and they are effective at tapping into those Geniuses. When working with The 6 Types of Working Genius®, here are four questions for leaders to consider:

How do leaders leverage/regulate their working geniuses?

Leaders who use their Working Genius well can recognize where the influence of their Geniuses are most beneficial to the team and where they may cause confusion or frustration. They also have awareness around when they shouldn’t use their Genius. Leaders can learn to regulate their Geniuses by considering where they are in the Stages of Work, determining which Geniuses are needed for that stage, and communicating with others when they use their Geniuses.

How do leaders tap into other to fill gaps?

Tapping into others to fill gaps requires knowing which Geniuses are on the team, what Stage of Work they’re in, and which Geniuses are called for at that stage. Then leaders can tap into those Geniuses to contribute.

How do leaders appreciate/reward others?

We can sometimes over-value people who share our same Genius, but all six Geniuses are required to get successful work done. This model elevates every Genius and helps leaders recognize and celebrate others for their unique contributions.

How do leaders lead meetings?

Leaders have at least a 2x impact on their teams, so it’s especially critical for leaders to know their Genius and how it impacts meetings. This enables them to regulate well during meetings and tap into the appropriate Geniuses of others.

Introducing: 6 Types of Working Genius

Is your team ready to learn more about their working geniuses? 


Learn more about the Assessment. 

The Six Types of Working Genius assessment is the fastest and simplest way to discover your natural gifts and thrive at work. After a quick 10 minute assessment we will review your detailed to give you a thorough understanding of your team’s strengths, weaknesses, working style preferences. Find out how these insights can help improve work performance today!



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