Six personality types you need to create an effective team

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A well-functioning team is one that has a mix of different personalities and, crucially, one where there is an understanding of how these people fit into a team dynamic.

Here, we take a look at the six personality types that make up a well-rounded team. Individuals can embody traits from one or even a few of these personality types.

Each of these types has their strengths and weaknesses but when they come together, they can help to balance out each other’s flaws. It’s important to understand the types of people you have in your team and what motivates them in order to get the best out of each individual.

The leader

Every team needs a leader to give the group a strong pride of purpose. They are the person pulling everyone in the same direction, coming up with a clear plan, and then supporting the team to achieve that goal. Great leaders have strong communications skills, a clear vision and are able to motivate others.

The clown

It might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about what makes a good team, but research by NASA has shown that humour can play a major role in helping to bring a team together. The clown can help to strengthen camaraderie, diffuse any tensions that arise and make work a more enjoyable place to be. These extroverts are motivated by positive feedback and building strong relationships with colleagues.

The specialist

The fountain of knowledge, the person that others rely on for expert insight into a particular topic. A calming influence on the rest of the team, these people like to feel appreciated for their expertise. They often need to be encouraged to think outside of the box and learn how to communicate their knowledge effectively with non-experts, but they are an invaluable member of the team.

The researcher

A detail-oriented person, the researcher comes into their own when tasked with uncovering information and inspiration for a specific project or proposal. Researchers don’t just take things as read. They ask all the right questions and then come up with the answers, helping to avert any future issues. When a team needs to get to the bottom of a tricky problem or find out the key information about a particular topic, it’s the researcher that they turn to for help.

The planner

Organisation. Organisation. Organisation. Planners thrive on giving order to the world around them through immaculately presented spreadsheets, to do lists, calendars and well-organised strategies. They are naturally self motivated and can help to balance out other not-so-organised members of the team. They always have ideas for how to improve processes and normally have a back up plan in place for when the inevitable curve balls arise; helping the team to be as agile as possible.

The creative

The one who’s brimming with ideas and brings a burst of energy to any team that they are working in. Not afraid to speak their mind or think outside of the box, the creative is the person you want in any planning meeting. They aren’t just to be found in design or marketing departments, either. Creative thinkers are the ones who thrive on problem solving and delivering fresh ideas and solutions.

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