Qualities of a Software Engineer

Here at Cloverleaf, we have the unique opportunity to gain insights on the people, personality and skill set behind any given role. For each new Cloverleaf customer, we gain data points. While we don’t feel that there is one right profile for a particular type of role, it's interesting to see patterns emerge that can identify aspects common to people filling common roles.

Each month we will highlight a different role’s personality and strengths data that we’ve collected. This month we’re focusing the role of a Software Engineer. (Check out our blog posts written on Sales Roles and Project Manager Roles).


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Of the Software Engineers on our platform, 35% of their individual top 5 strengths fall into both the Strategic and Executing category. People with Strategic strengths are known for their decision making abilities and stretching others on their team to think about “what could be” for the future. Those with the Executing strengths are known for their ability to get things done efficiently with precision and accuracy.

Learner, Achiever, and Input are the top 3 strengths of all Software Engineers on our platform. Achievers have a stamina for hard work and set goals to help accomplish items. The Learning strength is identified by people who have a great desire to learn new things and constantly improve. Processes excite them more than outcome. Input are inquisitive and always interested in finding new information. People who are Input place a high value on information because they recognize that information builds understand.


Over 60% of Software Engineers on Cloverleaf have Intuitive, Thinking, and Judging aspects of their personality according to our 16 Types.

Intuitive individuals are highly imaginative, open-minded and curious. They prefer novelty over stability and focus on hidden meanings and future possibilities.

Thinking individuals have a lean toward rational and logical arguments rather than focusing on their feelings. This is not that they don’t have emotions like their Feeling counterparts, but that their emotions don’t normally override their rational logic.

Judging individuals are decisive, thorough and highly organized. They value clarity, predictability and closure, preferring structure and planning to spontaneity.

While this article has focused on providing information about Software Engineers’ personality and strengths, many other factors including work style preferences, motivating values, and skills are all critical to understand. Take the first step in unlocking your team’s potential by getting your team on a free trial of Cloverleaf today.