Would you like to be the Manager of a dream team? Maybe a team that overperforms every time, overcomes challenges, works out their differences and keeps their eye firmly focussed on the task in hand?

As a manager you intuitively know that having a high performing team means achieving the right mix of skills, experience and personalities.

If you get the mix wrong, even if it is just one individual, the result can be disastrous.

HOW DOES PERSONALITY AFFECT TEAM PERFORMANCE?

A team is made up individuals who are required to work together to achieve common objectives. For the team to be successful it depends on individual personalities to be able to work together. Individual personalities will either make or break employee relations and engagement.

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE TEAMS?

  1. Self-Awareness: High performing teams have a strong sense of self awareness of individual and collective strengths and development needs.
  2. Shared Purpose: Teams have a shared vision, goals, objectives and values. There’s a strong focus on results and solutions, clarity about the direction of travel and how their decisions and actions impact the outcomes.
  3. Resilience: People see changes and challenges as opportunities and they look for continuous improvement and solutions, demonstrating flexibility and adaptability.
  4. Growth Mindset: Team members encourage difficult questions, learn from their experiences and mistakes and invest in the growth and development opportunities.
  5. Effective Working: The team knows how to gather, organise and evaluate information to explore options whilst problem solving. They encourage creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and they plan appropriately.
  6. Open Communication: Team members feel safe to express their thoughts and feelings openly to resolve conflict. People listen, empathise and engage in dialogue recognising that they may be part of the problem and therefore also part of the solution.
  7. Respect and Trust: Team members value and support others. Respect differences and provide, as well as seek out honest supportive feedback.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL TEAM ROLES?

Functional roles in a team are simply based on the job description, title, position within a business or experience.  Psychological roles are who you become in the team. There is a difference between ‘Doing’ (applying your technical skills and knowledge) and ‘Being’ (becoming a team player) Are you a natural leader or follower? Are you focussed on logic, generating ideas and team harmony? Are you dedicated to building quality relationships and getting the best out of people? Are you focussed on ensuring that everybody has fun?

IN TERMS OF COMPOSITION, WHAT DO TEAMS NEED?

Teams need a mixture of personalities. Someone who can see the bigger picture and know how they are going to get from A to B in the most effective and efficient manner. Teams need someone to pay attention to the details as well as someone to keep harmony, generate new ideas, be innovative and creative and keep a balance between being serious all the time and having fun.

HOW DO PERSONALITY PROFILE TESTS HELP?

Any personality profile assessment can be intriguing. We are all curious about what makes us tick at some level. Self-awareness helps you to identify your strengths, how you work best, communicate, influence and respond to different situations. Personality profile tests are used by organisations in a variety of ways for example as part of a performance management and employee engagement program,  a team building activity and creating a positive team culture.

We are all different. By understanding the characteristics that make us all unique, we can play to our core strengths and develop our limitations. This way we work better together as a team.

I have come across and completed many personality assessment tools used to identify core skills, strengths, behaviours and traits throughout my working career.

The one tool that I like to use when working with clients is the Colour Code Personality Test developed by Dr. Taylor Hartman which enables you to understand why you do what you do, which is motive-based.

Look out for Part 2 next week, when I share with you more details about the Colour Code Personality Test and provide a link for a free test.

For more information about the services I provide, please contact me on 0781 579 3597 or email dakshapatel@your-mind-at-work.com