The most important thing for LIEs is that they fulfill their potential as usefully and productively as possible, thus ensuring real, long-term improvements to the world around them. LIEs possess naturally inquisitive minds, which they use to read up on whatever information is available. Such an approach allows the LIE to build up a bank of factual data to ensure they are informed on all relevant events they encounter. The point of such knowledge is so that the LIE is prepared to perform competently, possessing the know-how to work in the way that best aids long term progress. Frequently, LIEs will be focused on increasing the amount of return for the effort put into something, looking at available statistics and data before seeing if any improvements can be made to the functioning of procedures and methodologies. As such, LIEs endeavour to improve working processes so that they lead to greater benefit over time. This extends to the LIEs themselves, who will try to transform themselves into machines of highly efficient output. With this comes a sense of initiative; these types know that, provided they put in the work and dedication, they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, applying themselves to solving whatever might be holding them back. Furthermore, the LIE feels obliged to impart knowledge to others. In doing so, the LIE is able to indirectly bring about improvements beyond themselves, giving others the information necessary to do things well.
LIEs tend to be very independent and can often be mistaken for introverts as they rarely put much emphasis on going out to see people or socialise just for the sake of it. While they are happy to see their close friends, just meeting people can feel empty to them. To an LIE, such actions are only worth doing if they serve some purpose or real benefit to their projects, such as an activity related to publicity, marketing or networking. However, should there be adequate justification for LIEs to spend their time this way, they will go about it with practiced competence, managing to make themselves more friendly and convey their ideas and initiatives to others with a catching enthusiasm. Similarly, when in a position of authority over a team, they can become charismatic leaders, reading up on tips and methods to better inspire people to perform to a higher standard. However, such attempts will often be reserved and exercised with caution. The LIE will be very reluctant to give false impressions or engage in hyperbole that may distort someone's factual understanding of the truth. As such, any strategic attempt to enthuse others will be tempered by intellectual honesty. Ideally, they would like to drop the act altogether. Similarly, when others come to them for help, they will approach the issue by coming up with objective solutions to problems. They may feel rather annoyed and feel their time is wasted if the person turns out to simply want to rant.
LIEs are usually rather unsure with their personal sentiments and feelings, naturally paying more attention to the objective factual data and far less to subjective opinion. Although often rather interested in ethics and what can be demonstrated to be right and wrong, LIEs are rarely able to make these personal evaluations for themselves with confidence. When upset about something, the LIE is more likely to first notice changes in their behaviour, before taking the time to reflect and figure out what has been bothering them. Furthermore, in their personal dealings, an LIE may think a lot about the quality of the people they are working with, but fail to trust their evaluations of such people. This can manifest in difficulty with the assignment of trust to others in personal relationships, the LIE either trusting too easily and easily being taken advantage of by unsavoury individuals or trusting too little and avoiding letting themselves get close to people altogether. Ideally, the LIE would prefer it if everyone was intellectually honest in their communication of factual data. However, they soon realise that many people shade and twist their words, resulting in them not knowing who to believe on trust. As such, LIEs greatly appreciate help in these areas. Often they will desire a close, meaningful bond with a significant other, someone who accepts and values who they are on the personal level, with no expectation on them to perform, keep the conversation going or to be anything other than honest in providing helpful, accurate information. They will appreciate people who know their minds and are blunt in their opinions of others, validating the LIE's opinions on who can be trusted and who are the bad eggs, as well as vocalising their own feelings more lucidly.
LIEs are primarily concerned with getting things to work and will focus on the results of their efforts rather than consistency to principles. They may rely on broad principles to guide what they should do, but these guidelines are always going to be flexible and general, based more on trends and observations of reality they have always found to be true, rather than imposing a necessary structure. Although perfectly capable of logical reasoning and making coherent arguments, as well as spotting the contradictions of others in a discussion, the LIE will have little patience for any system or theory that is not applicable in some way. Similarly, they will be prepared to bend, flex or even ignore any ideology or principle unless its benefits have been empirically demonstrated, or if they think it will serve a good use. As such, LIEs may mix and match different approaches for different situations, making concessions that, while one sort of explanation works well here, for the time being, a completely different explanation works there. In such situations, they will act as if both conflicting viewpoints are true, not because they believe both are true, but because they are the most practical explanations currently offered by available evidence and will be subject to eventual change. In this way, integrity of approach is put aside for workable strategies that lead to the best results. Furthermore, LIEs like to apply their initiative to solve problems and may be critical of bureaucracy if it hampers how they are working.
Some famous people we think are LIEs:
Some fictional characters we think are LIEs:
- Bill (Kill Bill)
- Gus Fring (Breaking Bad)
- Lex Luthor (DC Comics)
- Glenn Rhee (The Walking Dead)
- Doctor Strange (Marvel Comics)
- Walter White (Breaking Bad)
- Sasha Williams (The Walking Dead)