Do You Run Late? You Have Democratic Tendencies
Anita Sharpe on Culture
David Brooks has a provocative piece in today's New York Times about 'the civil war within the educated class.'
Here's the gist: Professionals or 'knowledge-class types' -- architects, lawyers, teachers -- tend to vote Democratic. Managers, those who work in corporate America, tend to vote Republican. No surprises here.
But it gets more interesting when Brooks drills down into the personality characteristics that inform our choice of careers -- and candidates.
'Knowledge-class types are more likely to value leaders who possess what might be called university skills: the ability to read and digest large amounts of information and discuss their way through a nuanced solution. Democratic administrations tend to value self-expression over self-discipline. Democratic candidates -- from Clinton to Kerry -- often run late.'\n\n'Managers are more likely to value leaders whom they see as simple, straight-talking men and women of faith. They prize leaders who are good at managing people, not just ideas. They are more likely to distrust those who seem overly intellectual or narcissistically self-reflective.'\n\nRecognize yourself? Myers-Briggs anyone?