Do you have an employee that you just can’t get through to?
Different personality styles may be the culprit (and not the employee!). Our personality styles get in the way of how we communicate and shape the lens we look through as we perceive the world (or our employee). When we look through our own lens we might see these employees:
- An employee who is outspoken, belligerent even.
- An employee who doesn’t care.
- An employee who doesn’t listen.
- An employee who won’t work quick enough.
If we step back and understand our own personality style, we may realize that how we perceive others may be influenced by our own lens, by our own style. If we recognize the personalities of our employees we can adjust our lens to accommodate their styles. With this adjustment, the actual employee might be this:
- An employee who likes to get right to the point (Dominant, Driver).
- An employee who needs to think about their answers and may not speak up with their thoughts (Steadiness, Supportive).
- An employee who has lots of ideas and thoughts racing in their head and is moving at a quick pace (Influencer, Expressive).
- An employee who is thoughtful in their approach, feels the need to analyze first (Conscientious, Analytic).
As leaders, owners, and colleagues, understanding who we are and understanding the personalities of those we work with, is paramount to achieving success in your life and in your work. Learning to “style step” in our communication and perception of others is key.
“If I understand you, and you understand me, doesn’t it make sense that we can work more effectively together?” Robert A. Rohm, Ph.D