Dear PM Advisor. Sep 23, 2013

Dear PM Advisor, You put up a good post about Personality Styles for leaders a while ago. Your conclusion was that leaders can be from all the different personalities. But what about team members? Wouldn't you want team members who don't try to hog the spotlight or dominate the conversations

Talking Here in New Mexico

Dear Talking,

I know what you mean about trying to get a word in edgewise with some team members. I, too, am Extroverted and get frustrated by overly talkative Team Members. But it is important to quell that impulse when putting together a team. Let's talk about the four personality styles proposed by Hippocrates.

Each style has its own pluses and minuses.

  • The Extrovert is good at energizing the team, starting things off and keeping everyone entertained but they are easily distracted and never tie up the loose ends.
  • The Analytical is the opposite in that they love to tie up loose ends and stay on task but they can be cold and reserved and never step forward to start things off.
  • The Boss focuses on the bottom line and will move heaven and earth to complete tasks on time but they care nothing about hurting anyone's feelings in the process.
  • The Amiable is opposite to the boss in that they strive to make sure everyone gets along but they will procrastinate endlessly.

I'm describing people at the extreme end of each personlity style for effect. Rarely are people at the extremes and often they will span two styles. (I'm a mix of Extrovert and Boss)

But the important thing to notice is that having a team made up solely of one type of personality is a recipe for disaster. You need a mix. And make sure you have an amiable to focus on ensuring everone gets along.

Good luck,

PM Advisor

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