The office is a jungle full of personalities, what animal YOU are?

What’s YOUR office personality animal? Five-question quiz reveals whether you’re a ‘proactive’ lion, ‘moody’ hyena, ‘lazy’ sloth, or the ‘vulture’ who takes credit for others’ ideas

  • Simple quiz crafted by expert Terry Blackburn will reveal you personality type
  • Explained how ‘lions’ are proactive workers who ‘put time’ into relationships
  • Meanwhile ‘hyenas’ will ‘always laugh, make fun of people’ and ‘lie at work’
  • Said ‘vultures’ often try to take credit for the hard work of others without thanks 

It’s often said ‘it’s like a jungle out there’, and perhaps there is nowhere where this is more true than in the office. 

From dealing with demanding bosses to knowing how to make yourself heard in a room full of domineering colleagues, it can be difficult to know how to navigate the between the different personalities you come across. 

British author Terry Blackburn believes the key is to understand that almost everyone falls into one of four personality ‘types’: lions, vultures, hyenas and sloths.

Just like their namesakes, each of the office animals have distinct strengths and weaknesses that come into play. 

Lions, for example, are proactive and natural leaders; ‘moody’ hyenas might struggle to hide their true feelings; vultures like to ‘take control’ and sloths prefer to stay out of office politics. 

Blackburn believes the key is to becoming ‘more lion’ and embracing the assertive self-confidence of the king of the jungle.

In his new book Be A Lion, he explains how to change the way you think to develop an unstoppable mindset to succeed in both your professional and personal life.

British author Terry Blackburn believes the key is to understand that almost everyone falls into one of four personality ‘types’: lions, vultures, hyenas and sloths. Stock image 

What’s YOUR office animal? 

Scroll down for the questions, making a note of your answers 

1. Two of your colleagues are arguing loudly at lunch. Do you:

A. Step in as a mediator to help them resolve the conflict.

B. Ignore them and continue scrolling on your phone.

C. Gossip about it to your other colleagues.

D. Complain to your manager that they aren’t being team players.

2. The new employee is crying during their break. Do you:

A. Reach out to them, check what’s wrong, and see what you can do to help.

B. Pretend you haven’t seen them.

C. Tell them they might not be cut out to work for the company.

D. Ignore them but tell your manager later on that they aren’t doing well in their job.

Hyenas always laugh and make fun of people, and come across as negative, mood-hoovers

3. A colleague makes an interesting point in a meeting. They are talked over, and no one hears them. Do you:

A. Encourage them to make their point again and invite everyone to listen.

B. Pretend you didn’t hear them either.

C. Tell the person if they don’t make themselves heard they won’t get anywhere in their career.

D. Say the point yourself and take credit for it.

A vulture hates to work. They will stay in the shadows until opportunities arise for them to swoop in and take control

4. You are put into a group and asked to give a presentation. Do you:

A. Take the lead and delegate roles.

B. Stay in the shadows and watch other people work.

C. Complain to other people in the group about the task.

D. Do the minimum amount of work and take the credit at the end.

5. You make a mistake that goes unnoticed. A few weeks later you are called in to talk about it. Do you:

A. Tell the truth, accept responsibility for your mistake, and learn from it.

B. Shrug and deny you know anything about it.

C. Own up to it but also point out mistakes other people have made.

D. Blame it on someone else in the team.

Now check your answers… 

Mostly As: LION

You are a natural leader, determined, relentless and loyal to your pack.

You put time and energy into your relationships which means you have amazing, strong relationships with those around you. 

Lions are proactive workers who seek opportunities, make money and work in big happy teams. 

They are constantly progressing, winning awards and moving to new levels every year.

Mostly Bs: SLOTH

Sloths distance themselves from office politics and do their job without energy and enthusiasm

You are a sloth – living pay cheque to pay cheque, just to pay the bills and get by. 

You distance yourself from office politics and do your job without energy and enthusiasm.

Positive mindset expert and author Terry Blackburn explained everyone has an animal office personality

As sloths are lazy and slow, and they often don’t put enough time and energy into their relationships to keep them alive.

By putting more time and effort into your relationships with your friends and colleagues, you will strengthen your relationships and make work a more enjoyable place to be.

Mostly Cs: HYENA

Hyenas are perceived negatively by their colleagues. 

They always laugh and make fun of people, and come across as negative, mood-hoovers.

There are always hyenas in every office. 

They will constantly put other people down and are negative about their ambitions. 

They are sly, manipulative and untrustworthy. No matter what you do, achieve, or say, they will have a smart answer as to why you’re wrong or doing the wrong thing.

Hyenas will regularly lie and manipulate people. Change your reputation by supporting your colleagues with their ambitions and focusing on building people up.

Mostly Ds: VULTURE

A vulture hates to work. They will stay in the shadows until opportunities arise for them to swoop in and take control.

Vultures mostly stay in the background, but they are quick to take credit for other people’s ideas. 

Like hyenas, vultures need to work on being more supportive of other people in the office. 

Try to bring your own ideas to any meetings and bring positive energy to your office relationships.

Get ready to roar! How to ‘be more lion’ and dominate in any environment 

Terry Blackburn said everyone should try and ‘be more lion’ in order to stand out and succeed in the workplace. Here’s how to start if you’re more sloth, vulture or hyena

Terry Blackburn said everyone should try and ‘be more lion’ in order to stand out and succeed in the workplace. Here’s how to start if you’re more sloth, vulture or hyena…

Have zero self-doubt 

Terry said: ‘Lions are the kings of the jungle. They are the dominant animals in many locations and habitats – they live the life they want on their own terms. 

‘They don’t have any self-doubt, any worries or issues. They just dominate their lives and do whatever they want whenever they want.’

‘Lions don’t limit themselves as to what they can achieve. If they want something – a gazelle, a zebra, a wildebeest – they just go after it.’ 

Have clear goals 

He said: ‘Having dreams and clear goals about what you want to achieve in life. Think big. Nothing is impossible.’ 

Surrounding yourself with your pride

Terry revealed other ‘like-minded people who share your ambitions and goals’ are important to have around. 

He said: ‘If in business, employ a great team which supports your mission. If you want to get fit, hire a personal trainer etc.’

Manage your time strictly

He explained: ‘Write down all the activities you want to do and block out time in your diary to do them.’ 

Terry does this in 15 minute blocks and writes down everything from business appointments to time at the gym.

Having a daily writing ritual 

Terry advises writing down your mantra (the things that you are and that you want to be).

Practise gratitude, state your goals and what you want to achieve and he also suggests writing affirmation cards and and saying them out loud in the mirror.

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