The workplace is full of many things — staplers, mostly-full coffee cups, sticky notes that people sort-of use — but it is not full of robots. Employees come in all shapes and sizes, and each one has their own style and flair that they bring to work and that impacts how they want to be treated.
To be an effective manager, it’s important to know the different work personality types in your organization. Just like knowing your own Meyers-Briggs type or Enneagram number, it will help you understand how your team members work best with others and what enables them to be the most productive. Each type requires a unique approach when it comes to leading and managing.
Types of employee personalities in the workplace
1. The analyst
This is the type of person who thinks practically and makes logical decisions. In the workplace, even if they have limited experience, they know how to problem-solve even the most complex issues and get the results your team needs with limited effort. They’re not perfect and make mistakes like anyone, but the analyst is really good at learning when they fail and surpassing expectations the next time around.
To best manage an analyst, it’s a good idea to give them space as they work but to make sure you’re challenging them as they go along. It’s easy for analysts to become bored at work, so making sure you’re keeping them busy is essential. Analysts also make great managers and can even advance up the ladder as they grow.
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2. The cheerleader
We all know a cheerleader. They’re the first to volunteer, last to speak, and the most active person on the random company Slack threads. While they appear to be a bit over-enthusiastic and opinionated on the surface, they never fail to be consistent, reliable, positive, and organized. They turn in work before it’s due and represent your company the way you wish everyone else did.
They’re the model student of the business. This is why they often turn out to be great leaders. Their energetic and contagious attitude towards every part of life seeps into everything they do. If you take the time to get to know them, odds are, they will end up being one of your closest friends.
To best manage a cheerleader, just be sure to supervise them enough — at a distance, though. They don’t need a lot of management, but you may have to step in from time to time to let them know they’re going a bit too far.
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3. The silent tornado
Sometimes, the best ideas come from the quietest of people. The silent tornado is just that — a force of nature often overlooked in a professional atmosphere because of their quiet demeanor. Their insecurity is their biggest hurdle, as it causes them to second guess everything they do.
But, if you give them the extra encouragement they need, the silent tornado won’t fail to excel at whatever they do. Frequently, they just need to be given their moment of the spotlight to voice their ideas and know they have the time and space to process information the way they need to.
To best manage a silent tornado, ensure they have a safe, quiet space for them to work. Give them enough freedom to work at their own pace and encourage them to share their ideas whenever possible.
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