Knowing Your Team

As a leader, you have a lot of responsibilities which are not just to the company or your supervisor. Your responsibilities are not limited to meeting targets and completing reports. You also have a responsibility to the team that reports to you. Among your responsibilities are making sure that they succeed at their job and one way to do this is to get to know your team members better.

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Success is not made overnight. It takes a lot of work on your part, as well as on the part of your team members. Especially if your company’s success model is teamwork, you will need to work hard not only to meet your personal goals as a leader, but to help your team members with their goals, as well. No matter how hard you work, if your employees are not getting the support they need from you and without your effective leadership, it will be very hard for them to meet their targets and it will impact the team target too. Knowing your team members’ personality types can help you in delegating, motivating and communicating to them.

One of the primary responsibilities of a leader is to assign roles to the team. You need to identify your team members’ strengths and weaknesses, as well as, know their personality, so you can assign them a task where they are most likely to succeed. For example, if you have an team member who is creative, he or she would most likely succeed in a task where his or her artistic tendencies can be maximized. In the same way, you cannot assign a team member who is weak in math to a task that would require measurements and computations. In order for the team to succeed, as a leader, you should be able to identify who is best for the different tasks that should be accomplished.

Motivating is also one of the challenging, but very rewarding, task of a leader. Each of your team members are motivated by a different factor. Majority of your team members may be motivated by monetary rewards or career advancement. Still, some are motivated by being able to do what they like to do. For your part, you need to know how to motivate your employees. For example, how do you motivate a “logistician” or someone who is practical and fact-minded?

Finally, when you know what their personality type is, you are better able to communicate with your team. How do you talk to them when you assign them tasks? How should your approach be? What about when giving feedback? How should you give feedback to someone who has a low self-esteem?

There are a lot of expectations of a leader and it includes the expectations of your team. Knowing their personality types can help you meet those expectations and help them succeed at their jobs.


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