Personality types to make the perfect team

 Working with a group of people, all with varying personality traits and characteristics, can be exhilarating, and is often the only way in which we learn and improve. The varying attributes that humans show when contributing to a group task is often referred to as the ‘team dynamic’ and it really can make - or break – your team cohesion.

There’s an old saying – “it takes all sorts” – and this should be abided by when looking for your dream team. Many hiring managers naively assume that a group of people easily equates to a team, however, one of the biggest reasons teams misfire is that personality differences are ignored.

Personality archetypes

Knowledge and employment of the four behavioural styles as defined by DISC (Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness, and Steadiness) will greatly improve your team’s chances of success. Below are a few adjectives that describe each behavioural style:

  • Dominance: Decisive, adventurous, direct, risk-taker, assertive, self-reliant.
  • Influence: Optimistic, persuasive, emotional, charming, sociable, impulsive.
  • Conscientiousness: Accurate, analytical, tactful, sensitive, systematic, precise.
  • Steadiness: Consistent, cooperative, deliberate, patient, loyal, composed.

Whilst the above behavioural styles will help you to identify and to appoint the right   individuals to your team, you also then need to organise it  in the style of Alan Sugar, by establishing ‘Apprenticeship-esque’ roles for each personality within the team.

  • The Leader: Every project should have a leader. The leader is responsible for keeping the project on track, delegating tasks to other members of the team, and will generally be held accountable for its success. Ultimately, the leader must show a combination of all four behavioural styles listed above.
  • The Planner: Each team requires a planner, one who is driven to organise systems and processes, and preferably with a love of spreadsheets, lists and charts! Natural planners are self-motivated, and you can recognise the required characteristics in people who show the Conscientious and Steadiness behaviour styles.
  • The Creative: A bright-eyed, blue-sky thinker, one who isn’t afraid to think outside of the box to create innovative and fresh ideas, is essential to every team hoping to break the status quo. You can recognise ‘Creatives’ in people who demonstrate the Dominance and Influence behavioural style.
  • The Communicator: A natural communicator, one who is well versed in both written and verbal communication, is a prerequisite of any team striving for success. Persuasive and displaying well-honed liaison skills, you can recognise great communicators in people who show the Influence behavioural style.
  • The Analyst: Those with an analytical mind are able to spot curve balls, and offer an alternate path to avoid them, whilst also showing clear problem-solving skills. Avoiding potential pitfalls is a main duty of the Analyst, and you can identify these characteristics in people who show the Conscientious and Steadiness behavioural styles.

Ultimately, making the right hiring decision is as much about a candidate’s personality as it is about their skillset. The right candidate will integrate easily into your existing team and immediately start adding value to it while the wrong new appointment can see you trying to make a round peg fit into a square hole.

Here at Elevation, we understand the importance of finding the ‘perfect fit’ candidate- the missing piece to your team jigsaw - in order to achieve success. If you are currently looking to appoint, or are looking for the perfect role and wish to discuss how Elevation Recruitment Group can assist your search, please contact us today.

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