The Striving Styles System goes deeper than other systems of typology by looking at the predominant needs of each of the Styles and how they behave when they are self-actualizing and self-protecting.
The Striving Styles System can be of enormous benefit to human resource professionals, leaders, managers and employees in organizations. It can be used to help leaders understand their leadership style; employees to know what they need to be fulfilled at work; managers to know how to engage employees; and how teams can function most effectively. People in work environments who use the Striving Styles System humanize their work environment by approaching it from a needs satisfaction perspective. In this way it satisfies the organizations need to become more efficient, productive and financially successful while engaging and motivating employees, increasing job satisfaction and reducing conflict.
The theory and practice of the Striving Styles System has its roots in the lifelong work of highly regarded researchers and practitioners such as Carl Gustav Jung, Isabel Myers and Katherine Briggs, Daniel Amen and Katherine Benziger. The use of personality styles has grown over the years due to the contributions of these researchers and several other individuals and their practices, teachings, and compilations of enormous amounts of research and statistics. The Striving Styles System goes deeper than other systems of typology by looking at the predominant needs of each of the Styles and how they behave when they are self-actualizing and self-protecting.
The Striving Styles System supports the notion that there are many ways of being “normal” according to your innate preferences and predominant needs. Knowledge of Striving Styles helps to replace judgment and criticism with acceptance and understanding, creating more productive and fulfilling relationships and workplaces. The Striving Styles System offers insight into predominant needs, expected behaviours and performance for each type as leaders, employees and on a team. It offers individuals the opportunity to get to know all about work preferences of the different Striving Styles.
By gaining an understanding of the theory and practice of the Striving Styles System, individuals become more familiar with the needs and behaviours of their own personality and those of others. They gain insight into why people act and react the way they do. As this happens, an appreciation of the differences in others and the unique abilities that each personality has begins to grow. Ultimately, this leads to a more harmonious and productive work environment.
Using the Striving Styles System in the workplace will help improve relationships at work by helping understand yourself and others in from a deeply human perspective. It helps you understand the predominant need that must be met in order for you to stay engaged and motivated; how to resolve conflict that arises from needs being frustrated on teams; it will help you focus on your own unique abilities and how you can get your needs met at work. Coming from a thorough knowledge of yourself, you are able to participate in creating a work environment that best suits your Striving Style.
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Anne Dranitsaris, PhD

Author's Bio: 

The Visionary Striving Style

Anne Dranitsaris, Ph.D, brings a lifetime of study, “psychological savvy” and hands-on clinical experience to helping people become who they are meant to be. Her interest in creating mental health, coupled with her interest in personality systems and the dynamics of human behavior, has influenced the development of the Striving Styles Personality System.

Holistic Approach to Learning

Driven by a vision for a holistic approach to emotional and physical health, Anne chose educational pursuits that aligned with her passion. At the same time, she studied at mainstream universities such as Ryerson (Business Management), University of Toronto (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Religious Studies) and ADR Institute of Ontario (Alternate Dispute Resolution). Anne looked for training institutes that would help her integrate the cognitive, emotional and physical approaches to healing the mind and body. This education included: receiving her degree as a Registered Massage Therapist; graduating from the International School for Spiritual Sciences (Montreal); psychotherapy certification from the Centre for Training in Psychotherapy (D.C.T.P); studies at the Masterson Institute for Disorders of the Self (New York); and a Ph.D. in Therapeutic Counseling from the Open International University for Complementary Medicine (WHO).

Committed to lifelong learning, Anne has completed postgraduate programs in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Spiritual Self-Schema Development, Brain and Behavior and Emotional Intelligence (EQ-i), and she has been a long-time follower of the work of Carl Jung. Anne continues to stay educated and informed about recent advances in neuroplasticity, brain development, mindfulness and social intelligence.

Executive Coaching & Corporate Therapy

Anne became one of Toronto’s first Executive Coaches in the late 1980’s. She could see the direct application of the therapeutic tools to the corporate world, which drove her to expand her work into that realm. Anne began using the title of corporate therapist to indicate the depth with which she worked with leaders and teams developing emotional intelligence, behavioral competence and relationship skills in organizations. She has also used her unique approach to work through dysfunctional relationships, partnerships, teams and boards.

Prior to starting SKE, Anne built several successful companies including Sage Developmental Resources, an organizational consulting firm focused on behavioral alignment, and the Centre for Mindful Therapies, which offered customized Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction Programs to organizations and individuals. In addition, she worked extensively with Heather on Several global leadership development initiatives for Caliber's clients, providing both individuals coaching and facilitating high performance team development at the executive and senior management levels.

Sought After Writer

A prolific and frequently cited writer on the impact of behavior, emotional intelligence and personality styles in the workplace, Anne has written a series of books on personality type based on Jung’s theory of Psychological Type. The Personality Profile Series© books are used to help individuals in coaching and counseling to understand themselves, their environment, their partners, and their children. Anne's latest series of books, The Jung Typology Series©, focuses on understanding the impact of personality type on employees, teams and leaders.

Anne has been featured in the media — on radio and on television — as well as in a wide range of national and international publications including USA Today, The New York Post, Huffington Post, The Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, The Globe and Mail and Additionally, her work has appeared in three issues of “O” Magazine within the past year, with her article on Striving Styles being included in the “O” Annual as one of the year’s top articles. She has recently been contracted to write for an upcoming issue of “O”.