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How Different Personalities Can Work Together

Fitting into a working style

While the benefits of diversity are real, they're far from automatic. They must be activated.

Nobody fits neatly into each slot of the four basic working styles (Pioneers, guardians, drivers, integrators), but having an understanding of how different types of people think and are likely to work, managers can develop more effective teams and build on this diversity.

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How Different Personalities Can Work Together

How Different Personalities Can Work Together

https://www.forbes.com/sites/rogertrapp/2018/07/16/how-different-personalities-can-work-together/

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Pioneers

They value possibilities and they spark energy and imagination.

They tend to be creative thinkers who believe taking big risks can produce great outcomes. They are outgoing, spontaneous and adaptable.

Guardians

They favor stability, order and rigor.

Likely to stick with the status quo, they are deliberate decision-makers who are practical, focused on detail and reserved.

Drivers

They value change and they generate momentum.

Direct in the approach to people and problems, they are technical, quantitative and logical.

Integrators

They value connection and tend to draw teams together.

They are empathetic, diplomatic and focused on relationships. They acknowledge nuances and tend to see things in shades of grey rather than black and white.

Fitting into a working style

While the benefits of diversity are real, they're far from automatic. They must be activated.

Nobody fits neatly into each slot of the four basic working styles (Pioneers, guardians, drivers, integrators), but having an understanding of how different types of people think and are likely to work, managers can develop more effective teams and build on this diversity.

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Those identifying with this working style thrive on challenge, results, and winning. They tackle problems head-on with logic.

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Why universal approaches don't work

A one-size-fits-all approach won’t work well on a team with a mix of types.

For example, too many constraints can completely shut a Pioneer down, while a Guardian may withdraw in an environment that feels too chaotic.
A Driver may become very frustrated in an organization that lacks decisiveness, while an Integrator may wither on a team that doesn’t value broad-based input.

Business chemistry mix

Manage the team in ways that support the diverse needs of different types of work.

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Virtual teamwork places greater emphasis on communication and organization.

Over the short-term, newly formed virtual teams experience more negative outcomes, such as team conflict, lower satisfaction, less knowledge sharing, and poorer performance. But, they will adapt and improve over time.

Adapting quickly

At an individual level, some people will find it easier to adapt than others.

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  • Logical, analytical, linear, and data-oriented
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  • Supportive, expressive, and emotionally oriented
  • Big-picture, integrative, and ideation-oriented.
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Risk-Taking

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