While it’s often drilled into us that we should treat others in the same way that we want to be treated, this doesn’t always apply in management. Employees all have different personality styles. Understanding these and managing them appropriately will lead to the greatest success. Situational leadership training focuses on the different personality types and has been taught for over 35 years as a practical framework that works. Following on from this, we’re going to take a look at four personality types that you should know how to recognize in the workplace.
Analytical employees are thoughtful and deep. They tend to set very high standards for themselves and strive to perform well both professionally and personally. They’re organized and orderly and also tend to have perfectionist traits. While this means that they have high levels of self-discipline, analytical employees can also be negative, critical, and moody. Their perfectionism can manifest as a weakness, and this can lead to conflicts within a team when they believe others aren’t pulling their weight. It can also lead them to stall progress in order to ensure the job is completed correctly.
Drivers have an active and dynamic personality. While they exude confidence and are able to motivate those they work with, they’re not very detail orientated and this can lead to issues. Drivers are, however, great at seeing the big picture. They are able to imagine the end result and are able to encourage others to help them get there. With a vision in mind, they’re productive and able to get a lot done. Because of this, it can be a good idea to pair analytical employees with drivers. A driver will motivate an analytical worker while the analytical employee will ensure every stage of the project is completed properly.
Amiable employees are a pleasure to be around. They’re very well-balanced and patient individuals who have a lot of time and empathy for others. They can also have quiet traits, and be unwilling to cause conflict. While this can be positive, it can be negative in some situations, especially if they are unable to speak up when a problem is clear. Amiable employees are, however, good people to have on your team. Their diplomatic nature often helps to calm situations and helps everyone to think clearly.
Finally, we have the expressive personality type. Expressives are social butterflies who can bring humor to even the darkest situation. They’re generous people who like to be included and will do anything to help see a project to fruition. On the positive side, expressive employees can be charismatic and ambitious, however, on the negative, they can also be distracting, disorganized and loud. This can make them hard to deal with, and this is something that quieter personalities often struggle with.
Recognizing and being able to understand the four different personality types on your team will make leadership a lot easier.