I am a business owner who works with many personality types. At some point it dawned on me that in order to move my business forward I should get a better understanding of the personality types of my employees. I am learning a lot about them, which is very helpful for me, and it's something I recommend all business owners do. The insight is invaluable. This of course included my own personality.
After reading this book I discovered very few surprises. I have always known I was intuitive, that I am an (extreme) extrovert, and that I have equal amounts of passion and empathy. What did surprise me - because in my previous jobs I was in subordinate roles - is my management style. This book nails my management style. I do tend to make up the rules as I go along and have to adjust as needed, vs. someone who plans for weeks and months before executing on a plan.
If my assistant had a dollar each time I called her to say, "I have a new idea!" she'd be rich beyond her wildest dreams. Fortunately for me she is grounded in logic and pragmatism. The other thing this book nails about me is that in addition to being spontaneous, I love brainstorming and value the opinions of everyone on my team. I consider them as much as I do my own opinions before I move forward with any serious decision. And surprise may not be the word so much as validation of what may be perceived as flaws when being a business owner - because I was raised to believe business owners are strong leaders, planners and stern. I no longer consider them flaws but that rather strengths.
The book itself is a good blend between the perfect amount of information and not too dense. It's an easy read that leaves no stone unturned. I am encouraged to read more books by Ms. Owens. She seems to know her stuff.