Real Colors personality temperament tool – Part 4: Orange

This fourth article in a series on the Real Colors personality temperament tool explores the Real Color Orange and what it means to be dominant in that color.

Understanding our own personality temperament is important when working with others and when working through differences. Michigan 4-H Youth Program and Michigan State University Extension uses a tool called Real Colors to help youth and adults discover their personality strengths. There are four different colors that represent characteristic categories. Everyone has each color, but one color may be more dominate than any of the others in your personality. The four colors include Gold, Green, Blue and Orange.

Those with Orange color personality strengths tend to be witty, spontaneous, generous, optimistic, eager and bold. They need fun, variety, stimulation and excitement. Freedom to act is also important to an Orange.

Oranges have energy and like to bounce around to different projects or tasks. They also are good at overcoming barriers in their work and are out-of-box thinkers. Oranges need flexibility in choosing how tasks are completed.

When working with Oranges, it is important to challenge their imagination and celebrate their successes, especially if taking risks is part of it. Give Oranges opportunities to express themselves, act quickly, use institution and take risks.

It is important to remember that people are not all one color, but have all four colors. Some are just more dominate in one Real Color. Learning to observe clues can be helpful when working with people to figure out what color they may be. Clues can come in what you hear and what you see.

The next and last article in this series is at about the Real Color Blue and what it means to be dominant in that color.

If you are interested in learning more about Real Colors workshops and how MSU Extension can help your organization work together as a team, please contact your local MSU Extension office.

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