As a manager, understanding the personality types of your team members can be extremely useful in establishing effective relationships within the workplace. Everyone has different characteristics, and preferences that make up their personality type, the personality types of your team may make some members of your team work well together, and some members clash.
Depending on who you talk to, or where you look, you can find multiple different personality types, different names for the same personality types, personality tests that contain 10 questions, or 60 questions. So, what are the four personality types that we look for in team members, and how can we manage them?
Those with analytical personalities tend to be thoughtful, serious & purposeful. They will be the team members who are neat & tidy, self-disciplined and perfectionists. Due to their personality they can be indecisive and over-analyse, so to help them in a decision-making process it is best not to pressure them, rather give them encouragement, and time alone to think. It is important to provide an Analytical person with all the facts and information and speak softly and calmly when asking them to complete a task, but be patient with them throughout the task.
The amiable member of your team will be patient, sympathetic and kind. Although they have a very likeable personality, amiable’s can be stubborn and selfish. They do tend to be easy going and diplomatic. Due to the calm nature of an amiable personality, they do not appreciate abrasiveness, therefore it is best to approach them gently, and with an extra level of kindness and consideration. If you are managing someone with an amiable personality, encourage them to take more risks and work closely with them, ensure you are not harsh and pushy to get the best out of your amiable team member.
Drivers are determined, decisive and confident. They will tend to strive to get a task completed, and will not be easily discouraged. Driver’s can sometimes seem like the natural-born leader of the team, but can sometimes appear to be insensitive and harsh. Drivers don’t necessarily need all the facts to make a decision, so when you need a decision from them, get to the point, and show your appreciation for their ability to get things done. Drivers greatly dislike being micromanaged, so give them some responsibility and give them the freedom to let them find the best path for reaching a goal or completing a task.
Your expressive team member will be the humorous, charismatic and outgoing. Expressive’s are ambitious and can be persuasive, however, they can also be undisciplined, loud and disorganised. When managing an expressive, show excitement and enthusiasm in the workplace, show an appreciation for their sense of humour and charisma. Those with an expressive personality needs broad structure in their jobs and the freedom to do their work. Remember, they can be more productive when you let them have fun, so the loud humour in the workplace may not always be a bad thing.
Some individuals of your team may have come into your thoughts while reading these different personality types. If you are struggling to identify a person’s personality type, take some time to think about how their characteristics best match these descriptions, it will not be a 100% fit, but it most people will have a type that best matches.
As a manager, treating your team members based on their personality type can increase productivity and morale in the workplace, thus making it easier for your team to reach targets or goals. It is also important that you understand your own personality style, so you can alter how you approach everyone. And don’t keep this to yourself, it is important that each member of your team can be sympathetic to each other’s personality type, so as a whole, the team can work more effectively together.