There are many personality tests currently used in the business world. Here are a few examples:
- The Myers Briggs Type Indicator
- The DiSC Test
- The Five Factor Personality Inventory
- The Strength Deployment Inventory
- The Newcastle Personality Assessor
Some of these place individuals in particular quadrants and explain strengths and weaknesses of each personality type. Some tests compare each person to an animal or label people as colors. As gimmicky as this may sound, this is a way for people to relate to each other and be more aware of similarities and differences. They also receive information on which personality types work best together and possible scenarios that require more work to overcome personality differences.
Descriptions of different personality styles, along with suggestions for managing individuals with each personality style, follow:
- Dominant / Leader
- Some individuals need to be in control no matter what the situation is. Every project needs a leader to take action and move things forward.
- It may be beneficial to give a co-worker with this personality style more authority when possible.
- Manage these individuals with a more hands-off approach to make it appear that they are in control.
- Planner / Thinker
- These individuals prefer taking time to analyze data and think things through.
- They prefer working with facts and need organization.
- Manage these individuals by giving deadlines and exact details of what is expected.
- Creative / Innovator
- These individuals like to find new ways of doing things or improving processes.
- They prefer to be creative and test out new ideas.
- Manage these individuals with an open mind to new ideas and allow for a little extra creative time.
- Communicator / Supporter
- These individuals are all about people. They value communication and the feelings of others.
- They prefer to work in teams and discuss projects thoroughly. They make sure to involve everyone's opinions.
- Manage these individuals with constant communication and keep them updated on their performance. Remember to value their feelings.
Most people do not fit into just one category, but if you listen and observe them, they typically lean more towards one or two of these styles.
There are many other terms that are used for different personality traits, but the point remains the same. People are different and each individual prefers to work a certain way. Understanding the benefits of each style and recognizing how to work together as a team can create a more productive and happier work environment.