Architect

You are not afraid to question the status quo.

Architect

You possess a curious mind with an aptitude for solving complex problems, and you love to see your innovative ideas translate in the real world.

As an architect, you are not afraid to question the status quo. If there is a better way to do something, your sharp-witted and analytical mind will find it. You possess a curious mind with an aptitude for solving complex problems, and you love to see your innovative ideas translate in the real world. You are dedicated to progress and tend to analyze each situation constantly, looking for opportunities to make improvements. 

You work best when you are allowed the freedom to pursue tasks at your own pace, and prefer to work on solving meaningful problems with highly innovative solutions. As someone who strives for excellence in all that they do, you encourage those around you to do their best work as well, propelling your team to success.

You excel in roles that allow you to design systems that equip teams because you are not only capable of creating incredible and innovative solutions, you are dedicated to their success. As a leader you help teams re-imagine new designs, systems and processes that constantly evolve the business while you learn, grow and continuously improve.   

You are hard-working, brimming with ingenuity, and dedicated to excellence in your work. Those around you know that if you say you will do something it will be done well. 

Your Core Beliefs:

As an architect, you know that there is no sense in dreaming up something beautiful if it will not be successful in the real world. You value innovation, but only if it brings the desired result. You believe that the path to success is paved in both innovative approaches and hard work, and nothing worth having comes easily. 

You fear being held back, emotional situations, and lack of freedom. Fear is a healthy emotion that alerts us when it is time to get prepared. Fear alerts us to the fact that something needs assessing.  When you live in the space of fear it can become paralyzing and confusing. The feelings of anxiety and overwhelm can present themselves as guarded and tense. The opportunity is to embrace the fear as your friend. Shift the shallow breath to a deep breath and ask yourself, “Is this fear justified?” If so, “What do you need to prepare for?” It is also an opportunity to shift your story. Are you telling the story of confidence vs arrogance, guiding vs controlling, or high standards vs perfectionism?

Invitation:

So, before you read the shadow side, I invite you to see this as an opportunity for growth. Feedback is often not your friend as it can make you feel misunderstood. Your intentions are pure, yet they can create discord in your collaboration.

Your dedication to excellence is admirable, and your desire to ensure that everyone around you is doing their best work is a driving force behind the success of your team. When the architect is not serving you to be your best, however, this drive toward excellence can lead you to be critical of what others are doing. While you are most comfortable in the realm of logic and reason, it is important to remember that others may operate on a more emotional level, and feedback that comes harshly can damage your relationships with them. 

Your strong work ethic and self-starting attitude are qualities to be desired by any company, but sometimes your independence may lead to feelings of resentment toward others on your team who might not move as quickly as you do. When the architect is not serving you to be your best, this might leave you frustrated by feelings of being held back by others. It is important to remember that every member of a team has something to contribute, and in moving forward alone, you might miss out on the important insights that arise from collaboration. Taking time to brainstorm with colleagues can spark great innovation.

As an architect, you do not like to blindly follow the rules without knowing why they are in place. Your desire to question everything in search of something better can lead to great innovation, but when the architect is not serving you to the best of its ability, it can sometimes come off as arrogance if it leads to constantly questioning authority. While some people are open to criticism or questioning, others may be insulted, and it is important to remember that sometimes there might be a good reason behind a certain way of doing something—even if that reason is not immediately apparent. 

Life is not always easy for the architect. It can be very difficult to process emotional situations for someone with such a logical mind, and the emotional reactions that some people have to you can sometimes be very off-putting. Constantly being able to see where improvements could be made can be exhausting, especially if you are not given the means to make these changes. It can be difficult to find people who can keep up with your quick, analytical mind, and that can be a bit lonely. 

Architects make good project managers, marketing strategists, military strategists, and entrepreneurs. 

Examples

  • Isaac Newton

  • Susan B. Anthony

  • John F. Kennedy

Life’s Lesson Questions:

  • Is this something that can be done differently?
  • Can I slow down to let others catch up before moving forward?
  • How can I change the direction of this project without being overly critical?
  • How can I allow my colleagues to be involved in this process?
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