My dominant accomplice Saboteur is called the Hyper-Rational (H-R). The strengths that people who have the H-R often display include being able to analyze situations and gain deep insight; great powers of perception and observation; a striving to be expert in certain areas of knowledge; and an innovative/inventive streak.
When I think back over my career, first as a practicing physician, then as a physician-leader, I see these strengths being linked to doing my job at the peak of my abilities. When I walked into an exam room and saw my patient was clearly sick with something that hadn’t yet been figured out, my ability to use rational thinking powers kicked in and helped make a diagnosis and initiate an appropriate therapeutic response. In addition, as I was using this “superpower,” I was exuding an aura of calm confidence that we would get to the bottom of what’s going on and that my patient would be feeling better soon. Patients and families found this to be very reassuring.
Once I moved into my leadership role, when I was at my best, I continued to use my rational thinking strengths to benefit my team, my organization, and the communities we served. My deep desire to continuously learn and grow brought us to the cutting edge sometimes, and we received recognition for impressive outcomes using novel approaches to quality improvement. As we, as an organization, tackled complex challenges, I was sometimes able to perceive things differently than my peers, asking questions that others weren’t asking, and discovering issues and solutions that were “hiding in plain sight.” And when the model for change we were using required me to use expertise to facilitate well, allowing others to discover solutions themselves (rather than me provide any answers), I was able to take off my expert’s hat and trust that the people I with whom I was working were going to be the source of the pathway forward. People were drawn to work with us, and many used their time working with my team as springboards into future even more successful careers.