The 5 Personalities You Want On Your Team

5 Personalities for Team

When looking to hire new employees for your company, consider a different approach. Usually an interview is filled with questions regarding past work experience, and relevant skills.

What are your greatest strengths?

What are your biggest weaknesses?

Why should we hire you?

Try delving deeper.

Ask questions that unearth the applicant’s personality, as well as her skill set. Get to know the applicant by framing the interview like a conversation in which you pay attention to the applicant’s personality traits and try to determine which role she could fill within your business.

Which personality gaps exist within your workplace? Are you lacking, say, creativity? Or leadership? To develop balance, harmony, and efficiency within your team, it’s a good idea to have representation of each of the five following personalities:

1. The Leader

“Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them.” -John C. Maxwell

A leader inspires, energizes, and encourages others. A leader is comfortable supervising and managing the rest of the team. She must be able to resolve conflict and provide helpful feedback to keep the business growing. A leader isn’t necessarily extroverted, but she must be able to effectively communicate with all other personalities and properly delegate tasks when needed.

2. The Dreamer

“Dreamers are mocked as impractical. The truth is they are the most practical, as their innovations lead to progress and a better way of life for all of us.”  -Robin S. Sharma

The dreamer dreams!—of more efficient futures, of better branding, of solutions to those ever-occurring problems. He thinks, How can I make this better? and maps out the answer. When a team is struggling to overcome an obstacle or make an improvement, it is often the creative minds of the dreamers that are able to find the solution.

3. The Go-getter

“To reach a port we must set sail —
Sail, not tie an anchor
Sail, not drift.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt

Go-getters get. things. done. They are determined, motivated, and dedicated to the task at hand. When confronted with an issue, they often use out-of-the-box thinking to overcome it and keep going. They also look for ways to help and step in when extra attention is needed, which is especially helpful when the company is trying to meet a strict deadline.

4. The Charismatic

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Charismatic people are like magnets—drawing people in, making others feel comfortable and connected. A truly charismatic person is a gem of a find. They are great listeners, emit confidence, and communicate clearly. They often do well working directly with customers and are particularly valuable on sales or customer service-oriented teams.

5. The Curious

“I think, at a child’s birth, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

Curious people like to learn. They ask questions, seek answers, and develop their skills. They are constantly delving into new topics and working to better themselves and the company. These are the “early adapters,” the ones who are unafraid to seek new paths and explore new possibilities.

 

By assessing and hiring employees with varying personality traits, you can ensure that your company is well-rounded—that the strengths of one person will overlap the weaknesses of another. Our differences don’t have to divide us; they can make us stronger.

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5 Ways to Show You Care About Your Work

Show you Care Conversation

You probably know the saying, “What you give is what you get.” That concept is absolutely true in the workplace. If you only show up, do the bare minimum, and go home, you likely won’t find fulfillment in the work that you do. On the other hand, if you truly care about your work and approach it proactively and passionately, you’ll find that others will reciprocate your enthusiasm and your boss will likely take notice.

Here are five suggestions to show that you care about your work:

  1. Share stories.

The power of storytelling is no secret. Emotional dialogue connects people much deeper than a surface-level chat about the weather. Until you attempt to relate to co-workers or customers on an emotional level, you may never unearth your shared interests or backgrounds. And don’t forget that storytelling is a two-way street. Ask open-ended questions and actively listen to what others have to say. This kind of engagement shows that you not only care about the people around you, but also your workplace as a whole.

 

  1. Ask questions and ask them often.

Keep track of questions you encounter—your own, or those that customers or co-workers ask you—and share them with the rest of your team. Questions mean growth. By staying curious and conscious of potential confusion within the workplace, you are showing concern and taking positive action.

 

  1. Give the best you.

You need to care for yourself in order to care for others. Get plenty of sleep. Exercise. Stretch throughout the day. Do what’s necessary to be the best you–not hungry (and grumpy), sleepy (and disengaged), or sick (and unfocused).

 

  1. Share gratitude daily.

When you work alongside the same people every day, it can be easy to get into the social habit of curtness when communicating, for efficiency’s sake. Not only does this inhibit the aforementioned storytelling and question-asking, it can create a negative workplace atmosphere.

Consciously make an effort to share gratitude toward those you work with, daily. The attitude of gratitude spreads. Smile. Listen. Trust. Appreciate. Never assume a person knows how you feel—acknowledge accomplishments and praise often.

 

  1. Have a plan and share it.

Come up with monthly, quarterly, and yearly goals. By careful planning and goal-setting, you can consciously move toward an improved company (and self) every single day. By sharing your business plan and vision you are opening up a dialogue and encouraging others to get involved and grow as a team.

 

Opportunities exist every day to demonstrate how much you care about your career and your company. Taking advantage of these opportunities can be the difference between merely punching a timecard every day and inspiring change, encouraging growth, and acknowledging a deep-set happiness within yourself.

 

Looking for more ideas to engage with your workplace and show you care? Feel free to contact me anytime.

Leading with Love

Lead with Love and Compassion

It may seem strange to associate leadership with love. Leaders are supposed to be tough, right? Thick-skinned. Fearless. Implacable. That’s what conventional wisdom has taught us, but these traditional views of leadership may be fundamentally flawed. Evidence is mounting that shows that tough leadership only works well in the short-term, while love-based leadership is more effective and sustainable in the long-term.

Ray Williams, leadership development advisor and author of The Leadership Edge, has conducted extensive research on both love-based and fear-based leadership. According to Williams, “Driving, directive, coercive styles of leadership may move people and get results in the short-term, but the dissonance it creates is associated with toxic relationships and emotions such as anger, anxiety, and fear.” Fear might motivate your staff in the immediate future, but a more sustainable leadership model is one based on love.

What does love-based leadership look like?

Love-based leadership means showing genuine care for others, really trying to understand and appreciate your co-workers, and practicing empathy. It also means developing an atmosphere of trust and openness, so that others will not hesitate to approach you with a problem or bring forth an idea. This kind of open communication and mutual respect is what makes people want to get up and go to work in the morning. Doctor Maria Church, author of Love-Based Leadership, says, “Happiness can be directly translated into engagement, productivity, and satisfaction—that is the wide definition of productive work. Likewise, positive affect is associated with multiple positive outcomes including better performance ratings at work, higher salaries, and improved health.”

Keep in mind, workplaces do not transform over night. It takes time to build your leadership brand and establish an atmosphere of empathy, love, and trust. What’s the key to making love the center of your leadership style? Practice compassion every day.

You can start by paying attention to your co-workers and asking them questions. Inquire about their weekend, their family, what they are doing after work. Ask them their thoughts about a current work project or challenge. Get them talking and truly listen to what they have to say. Stop thinking about what you’d like to contribute to the conversation and start focusing on the person in front of you. Intentional listening is one of the keys to developing a good understanding of others.

Take time to learn about and care about someone every day. You’ll find that your leadership brand will naturally evolve into one based on love and genuine compassion. Remember, a workplace that is open, compassionate, and healthy starts with one loving leader at a time. Be that leader.

 

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