Updated: Jun 1
Personality. It's a buzz word often seen in career and guidance classes. But what do these labels actually mean and how can they be used to a leader's advantage? Why every person needs to be fluent in "Personality Proficiency" to take their team to new heights.
What is a personality
To be clear here, we are not talking about being deemed a kind, hard-working, or sociable person. While these traits do make up one's personality, they do not tell the entire story. More importantly, when working on a team they are not practical enough to transform the group.
The personalities we are striving for here are what makes a person tick, their strengths and weaknesses, and worldly preferences. Myers Briggs, DISC Assessment, and Enneagram are all extremely popular tests that work to determine your personality. Each of these are unique in their questioning and labels, but the end goal is the same: Being able to clearly identify yourself on a much deeper level and translate this information amongst a team.
Everyone knows that team dynamics and chemistry is crucial for success, but not many people have the key to unlocking one's fullest potential. Personalities are a wonderful first step in this process. Knowing how and why your fellow teammates do the things they do is invaluable. This knowledge eliminates ambiguity and premature judging.
Here are some free alternatives to the personality tests listed above:
Any skill takes time to truly master. Being a personality expert is no exception. It's more than just knowing someone's type and being able to call them out on it. You need to use what you know about them and how they work to better tailor comments, projects, etc. to their needs. A lot of times people are often oblivious to natural actions that need to be addressed. When you the leader can confidently and empathetically explain a team members reasons for acting a certain way, your team accelerated exponentially towards achieving success.
Some people are going to refuse these ideas and never buy-in. After trying your best and ultimately leaving the person in charge of making the decision, there is nothing else you can do. Each situation will deviate at this point. A dysfunctional team member cannot always leaver. If that's the case, you need to make the best out of the situation and pull your team together.
The Teen Leader