Lawn Mowing Leadership Styles

Lawn Mowing Personality Tests & Character Types

Many companies and HR departments use personality tests like Myers-Briggs or the Enneagram as part of their hiring process.

Eight of the top 10 U.S. private employers now administer pre-hire tests in their job applications for some positions.

These tests have, in effect, raised the bar for U.S. job seekers: With more companies holding an alleged formula for workplace success, fewer are willing to take a chance on anyone who doesn’t measure up.

In 2001, 26% of large U.S. employers used pre-hire assessments. By 2013, the number had climbed to 57%, reflecting a sea change in hiring practices that some economists suspect is making it tougher for people, especially young adults and the long-term unemployed, to get on the payroll. read full WSJ article»

With Memorial Day Weekend kicking off the summer grass mowing season in many areas of the country, I thought it might be interesting to look at how a person mows their lawn might be an indicator of their personality type.

  • The Traditionalist Mower– This is the person who simply goes back and forth to get the job done. Lacking in creativity or imagination, mowing the lawn is just another task requiring no thought and enjoyment, only time.
  • The Arm Chair Competitor Mower – This is your sports enthusiast who mows their lawn like it’s a baseball field or the gridiron. Their lawn is an extension of their ‘team dynamics’ commitment.
  • The Circular Logic Mower – This is the person who wastes no effort going back or forth, they start at the edge of the sidewalk and mow in a continuous circle until they get to the center. Who can argue with their logic?
  • The Everything is a Canvas Mower –  This person is so full of creativity and out of the box thinking that they are just as happy mowing the lawn as creating crop circles in the middle of the night.

What do you think, does the way a person mows their lawn reflect their personality or leadership style?