As anyone who’s ever worked with others can tell you, people approach their jobs in
a variety of ways. Some people think and act quickly, while others like to take more
time; some people are more friendly and sociable, while others are more reserved.
At times, these differences can create freshness, balance, interesting relationships and innovative solutions.
But all too often differences in “work style” lead to misunderstanding, mistrust and frustration – not to mention lowered productivity and poor results. Erika Anderson, author, consultant and business guru writes about how diversity in the workplace can be a strength...if you embrace it. Below, is a summary of the 4 social styles that you will find in the workplace.
--The four “social styles” are as follows--
Driver: These people are fast-paced and decisive, and they can be impatient with those who don’t keep up with them. Their favored approach is to act quickly, based on the information they consider relevant—and to make course corrections later if needed. They specialize in pragmatism, candidness, coolness under pressure, and completing tasks quickly. Others tend to perceive them as work-oriented, efficient and demanding.
Expressive: These people are fast moving and adventuresome. They like to come up with new ideas. Their favored approach is to create a vision of the future and then get others’ support by selling the benefits of their vision. They specialize in energy, enthusiasm, humor and risk-taking. Others tend to perceive them as persuasive, high-energy, creative and impulsive.
Amiable: These people are considerate and supportive. They like to take time to build rapport and to focus on team results. Their favored approach is to get consensus and to mediate—they believe that the best solution is one where everyone involved is “on board.” They specialize in compassion, loyalty,compromise and building trust. Others tend to perceive them as kind, good with people and somewhat self-effacing.
Analytical: These people are cautious and thoughtful. They like to make sure that all the details are in place before moving ahead. Their favored approach is to minimize risk by looking at all the options before making a decision. They specialize in correctness, precision, prudence and objectivity. Others tend to perceive them as cool, rational and somewhat detached.
Reflect on what you’ve read.
-How does the above relate to the people you work with every day?
-Can your team work together better now that you understand where everyone is coming from?
Being unique is a strength, not a weakness...work together to accomplish something great today!
Romans 12: 3-4: For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
*I highly suggest Erika Anderson's book, "Growing Great Employees."