Note: The corporate crimes and True Crime stories highlighted here can involve dark and mature themes. If you’re sensitive to reading about these types of crimes, skip this read and the test.
From the rampant alleged deception of founder fraudsters at Theranos and OzyMedia, to the MLM cult leaders at LulaRoe, to the Instagram-fueled delusions of the Fyre Festival organizers (we’re looking at you, Ja Rule), it seems like you can’t open a news site or turn on Netflix without being informed of the latest bizarre, monstrous melodrama unfolding in corporate America.
Truity decided to break down what Myers Briggs personality traits may be present in some of the worst of them - and developed a free test to see which of the personality types of these corporate criminals you may be most closely related to. Based on Truity’s TypeFinder ® for Career Planning research-backed assessment, this test also provides users with a breakdown of what kinds of unhealthy workplace behaviors they may be most susceptible to.
“We know from decades of validation that the 16 personality types created by Briggs and Myers have real implications in the careers we are naturally suited to, not to mention the strengths and weaknesses we’ll deal with throughout our careers.” said Molly Owens, CEO & Founder of Truity. “We thought it would be interesting—and topical—to look at how these characteristics might go terribly wrong. In other words, if you take your personality type to its extreme, how could that get you in trouble in the workplace?”
“Bear in mind that in real-life crime stories, there’s more at play than just personality type—narcissism, hubris, sometimes even sociopathic tendencies drive truly antisocial behavior. But if you’re game to explore your dark side, it can be educational to think about how your own personality traits could potentially steer you wrong,” added Owens.
Take the free Corporate Criminal test now to find out which of the below corporate criminal archetypes share your personality type. The test will also help you learn more about how you can guard against your type’s potential pitfalls at work.
Corporate Criminal Archetypes:
- The MLM Cult Leader: Charismatic, energetic and nurturing, this type can inspire, motivate and lead others. And while the path they take their followers on may start out as righteous, this type must be careful not to get too hooked on approval and prestige—or they just might end up building an actual cult or just a really, really good Multi Level Marketing (MLM) scam. Like all superpowers, this type’s strength can be used for good and evil. Their powers of persuasion may come in handy when soliciting donations for a charitable cause or leading a team-building exercise. But this type needs to make sure that they’re not using them to get others to do questionable things, like the MLM leaders at LulaRoe.
- The Founder Fraudster: A sharp decision-maker with an entrepreneurial spirit, this type’s natural leadership abilities paired with their charisma and competitive nature make them a force to be reckoned with. Their big ideas are admirable, but can also get them into trouble with wishful thinking run amuck (see Elizabeth Holmes’ delusional deception at Theranos, OzyMedia’s lies and WeWork’s house of cards). There’s a thin line between entrepreneurship and crime these days, so this type needs to make sure their drive to succeed is tempered with good morals and realistic expectations.
- The Whistleblower: Intuitive, cunning and usually incorruptible, unlike many other types of criminals, this type is not actually all bad — and that’s what can get them in trouble. Their high ethical standards can make things complicated for those they work with and can make people want to shut them up (or, lock you up, in some cases — like Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden). Though you have many admirable qualities (see whistleblowers like Frances Haugen at Facebook), this type should keep in mind that anything can be justified when you view yourself as the ultimate moral gatekeeper.
- The Fyre Fester: Enthusiastic, creative and fun-loving, this type’s love for performing, attention and a good time make them the life of the office party — but these traits can also get them into trouble (see: the fraudsters behind the infamous Fyre music festival). Though naturally positive and ultimately just wanting everyone to have fun, at its extremes these traits can lead to deception, epically poor management of details (or event plans!) and the use of shady tactics to keep one’s illusions intact. This type needs to remind themselves that not every moment needs to be Insta-worthy.
- The Hacker: Innovative, intellectual and methodical, this type isn’t afraid to challenge existing systems and norms, and may even be a bit of a rebel at work. But like Julian Assange, Anonymous and Pharma Bro Martin Shkreli, at its extremes, this type can be arrogant, have an affinity for the transgressive and see criminal acts as interesting problems and challenges to be solved like (like those pesky oversight laws). This type should remind themselves that every puzzle should be tempered with good morals and realistic expectations.
- The Enron Pencil Pusher: Dutiful and loyal to a fault, this type, while often admired for their unwavering commitment to their duties, can have an unhealthy downside that is stubborn, inflexible and dogmatic. While this type typically has a strong work ethic, they can veer into workaholism and perfectionism. This can leave them so overloaded at work that they lose sight of everything else -- including their moral compass.
- The Office Spacer: Flexible, individualistic and easygoing, this type (exemplified by the embezzlers in Mike Judge’s cult Office Space) may have vague ideas about “sticking it to the man” and can be overly sensitive to their boss or co-workers’ latest offense. They also tend to prefer dancing to the beat of their own drum. But their restlessness and tendency to become easily bored can lead them to pursue reckless behaviors. This type should make sure they’re fully weighing the costs of their actions — especially when the stakes are high.
- The Madoff: Orderly, scheduled and the quintessential rule-follower, this type is all about following the plan (even if like financier scammer Bernie Madoff, that plan is less than ethical). They aren’t afraid to step into a leadership role and make sure things get done to their exacting standards, but taken to the extremes that can mean finding loopholes and not considering moral implications. This type can be controlling and insist on structure to the point of tyranny. Slowing down and finding more work/life balance will help this type stay on the straight and narrow.
- The Mafia Boss: An energetic thrillseeker with a “my way or the highway” attitude, this type is independent and thrives when they’re chasing thrills and putting out fires. They live for the adrenaline high that comes with taking risks — but in the extreme can be ensnared in thrills that aren’t exactly legal or ethical. This type has an innate knack for reading and leading people and can be a great salesperson, but can get caught up in their own power schemes and manipulate people for their own gain (see the fictional Tony Soprano or the real life Pablo Escobar).
Not quite ready for a life of crime?
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