Managing and leading others is not about you – it’s about the people you’re leading. By understanding our different personalities, strengths and weaknesses, we can all become more effective when working with and interacting with others. Different is just different – and different is ok. How does each team member prefer to communicate and socialize with others? Are they introverted or extroverted? What do they do well and not so well? How do they like to be coached or managed? The key to building strength-based teams will depend on your ability to navigate through those differences.
Worth Remembering – “The task of an executive is not to change human beings. The task is to multiply performance capacity of the whole by putting to use whatever strength, health or aspiration in individuals.” P. F. Drucker
I use a behavioural assessment tool Dr. William Marston developed because it is easy to administer, and you don’t need a degree in behavioural sciences to interpret the results. Marston believed that there are four distinct styles of behaviour. Each has its natural unchangeable personality, and while each has the same factors comprising their personalities, they react differently to the environment around them. When assembling your team, the key is to recruit team members based on their strengths and then put them in positions that utilize them and avoid weaknesses.
Worth Remembering – “Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgements sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire.” I. M. Briggs
Caution: A strength overused or used in the wrong situation can become a weakness.
Utilize their strengths.
D – Dominant: They prefer to lead, take risks and are action orientated.
I – Interpersonal: They are great communicators and excel at motivating others.
S – Steadiness: They follow directions and stay within guidelines and procedures.
C – Conscientious: They are exceptional at planning, setting standards and ensuring accuracy
Avoid their weaknesses.
D – Dominant: They can be blunt, demanding and appear unapproachable.
I – Interpersonal: They can be disorganized and lack follow-through.
S – Steadiness: They can be indecisive and resist change for fear of failing.
C – Conscientious: They can be overly concerned with perfection and prefer to work alone.
Your most successful championship and gold medal-winning teams are those teams that filled their roster with role-players. If you use that same concept when building your team – your organization’s competitive advantage will be your strength-based team.
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