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Ever wonder how your personality or social style can affect your work? According to a system developed by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton outlined in the book People Styles at Work, there are four main social styles.

The system is based on two main aspects of social styles: assertiveness and responsiveness. Every individual tends to lean towards being more assertive or less assertive — and more reactive or less reactive. The combination of these traits separates people into four social styles.

Want to find out your social style? Take this quiz to find out where you land.

The Analytical Social Style

The four social styles outlined in People Styles at Work are Analytical, Driver, Amiable, and Expressive. Today, we will take a closer look at the Analytical Social Style.

The Analytical Social Style are those people who scored less assertive and less responsive than other social styles. In this system, Analytical Social Styles are those who scored highest on “L” and “A,” making the Analytical Social Style also called LA. Common Traits of the Analytical Social Style

The Analytical Social Styles get their name because of their focus on the logical and the detail-oriented. People with this style are usually great at solo work that keeps them focusing on task-orientated problems. They are excellent problem solvers in their realm.

The Analytical prefer structure and organization rather than a free-flowing environment. Things like data and processes make sense to them and they excel in this type of work. In social interactions at work, the Analytical prefer to stick to facts and figures over small talk.

They tend to be “avoiders” of conflict or even basic interaction, preferring to focus on work over social aspects of the office. To other social styles, Analyticals can sometimes come off as highly critical or emotionally unattached. This is because they value the structure of work and prefer to stick to the task at hand rather than get emotionally involved with co-workers.

There is nothing inherently wrong about people with the Analytical social style — or any other style for that matter. The critical thing is leveraging your strengths in the right position, like one that values detail-oriented professionals and doesn’t require lots of team collaboration. Other social styles may even envy the Analyticals focus as they struggle to avoid the distraction of office politics.