Leading the Personalities: The Relater

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I’ve been doing a lot of personality profile training these days within my leadership communications workshops. That one component of the workshop seems to add the most value to the leaders I train. Lightbulbs seem to go on all day long as we apply the understanding of the various personality types to the teams we’re leading.

The beauty of this training is that you don’t have to have a doctorate in Psychology to derive benefit. A basic understanding of the four gross classifications of personality are enough to facilitate better team communications and productivity.

Relaters are people people who love to tell stories with lots of detail. Relaters are hardwired to sense others emotions and feelings. Naturally good listeners, Relaters are great detectors of conflict on your team. They have their conflict radar’s gain set to eleven and are great at negotiating it away. Because of this they’re the glue on your team, holding everyone together. Relaters can get bogged down in their people-centric world, though. Be careful how you lead them as they can have a tendency to take everything to heart. Relaters crave involvement and love being in on the inner circle of business. They do well with routine and don’t mind playing a supportive role to all your Socializers who are out front.

It’s important to remember that each of us is a complex mixture of all four types, with one tending to dominate. Each of us has the capacity to exercise the traits of our non-dominant type. We are seven billion unique individuals on the planet but at the same time very programed by our personalities. A proper understanding of our team member’s personality (and our own) will facilitate healthier and more productive work relationships, which will in turn produce a more effective and engaged team.

Leading the Personalities: The Thinker

I’ve been doing a lot of personality profile training these days within my leadership communications workshops. That one component of the workshop seems to add the most value to the leaders I train. Lightbulbs seem to go on all day long as we apply the understanding of the various personality types to the teams we’re leading.

The beauty of this training is that you don’t have to have a doctorate in Psychology to derive benefit. A basic understanding of the four gross classifications of personality are enough to facilitate better team communications and productivity.

Thinkers are analysts. They love to discover the algorithm that will get the team from A to Z. They thrive in this data-driven world. Be careful in your leadership of Thinkers, though. They can slow your team down through the dreaded “paralysis of analysis.” The Thinker wants to get all the ducks lined up before they make a decision and sometimes we just can’t wait. Leading the Thinker effectively then, means setting parameters when handing them a task. Letting them know that you only need those numbers crunched to the second decimal place will keep their perfectionist spirit at bay. Thinkers are generally great time managers and planners. Employing their skills in these areas will benefit your project tremendously.

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It’s important to remember that each of us is a complex mixture of all four types, with one tending to dominate. Each of us has the capacity to exercise the traits of our non-dominant type. We are seven billion unique individuals on the planet but at the same time very programed by our personalities. A proper understanding of our team member’s personality (and our own) will facilitate healthier and more productive work relationships, which will in turn produce a more effective and engaged team.

Leading the Personalities: The Socializer

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I’ve been doing a lot of personality profile training these days within my leadership communications workshops. That one component of the workshop seems to add the most value to the leaders I train. Lightbulbs seem to go on all day long as we apply the understanding of the various personality types to the teams we’re leading.

The beauty of this training is that you don’t have to have a doctorate in Psychology to derive benefit. A basic understanding of the four gross classifications of personality are enough to facilitate better team communications and productivity.

It’s important to remember that each of us is a complex mixture of all four types, with one tending to dominate.

Ah, the Socializer, gotta love ’em. They’re the cheerleaders on your team (and we all need those!). Socializers are audience seeking, energy junkies. They thrive in a changing environment, and because of that are generally good at thinking on their feet. Socializers crave recognition so if you’re leading them, giving them plenty of praise helps keep them motivated. Socializers also tend to lose focus and become distracted so you may need to check in with them a bit more often to make sure they’re on track. They excel at creative problem solving, usually coming up with solutions that are far outside the box. These are your client-facing team players. Put them up front and they’ll represent you well.

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It’s important to remember that each of us is a complex mixture of all four types, with one tending to dominate. Each of us has the capacity to exercise the traits of our non-dominant type. We are seven billion unique

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individuals on the planet but at the same time very programed by our personalities. A proper understanding of our team member’s personality (and our own) will facilitate healthier and more productive work relationships, which will in turn produce a more effective and engaged team.

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