In choosing a team or even one person to work with there are important character types that do well together, and those who do not. Your aim is to build a high-performance team. They will do better if your team is respectful to each other and made up of diverse personalities who each contribute to success. Not only character types but people of all sorts – consider each applicant carefully.
Here are some of the different types of team members:
- The Creative, Innovative Person
This team member can think outside the box, analyses the existing situation and contributes ideas that improve your profitability. Value their input whilst ensuring that it does fit into the company culture. Respect and delve carefully into their new ideas which can often save the company money in logistics, operations and new products. The downside of this person is that they need to have a variety of tasks so that they don’t get bored. Often these team members happen to be the youngest in a large or extended family.
- The Boss Type
You can only have one of these in a team or they will clash, form alliances and waste time and energy arguing. If you are the boss you will have to decide whether to stand aside and let this type do their work or do the work yourself and not hire them. Often this person is the eldest in the family and has experience in leadership and responsibility. As the hirer you must make the company’s vision and goals crystal-clear so that you are on the same page.
- The Team Person
This is the person who does what needs to be done, listens to the Boss Type, does not argue, is agreeable in nature, is punctual and reliable. They can be perfectionists. Be careful not to overload them with too much work if you want them to stay. This person is more likely to be a middle child in the family can quietly work their way up into leadership as they understand the whole workings of your company.
- The Trouble-Maker
If you have not identified this person as a boss-type at the beginning, you may find that this person is clashing and annoying others. It may be time to say goodbye if you cannot sort things out quickly. It is impossible to have two dominant decision-makers clashing all the time.
- The Newcomer
The desire to get ahead in life and perform well in the workplace is a great asset for any company hiring these people. Often applicants for a position may not have the exact CV that you are looking for, but what they do have is potential to learn and succeed. It may be that their English skills are not perfect, it may be that they have great abilities but are deaf and need a communications board to talk to others on the job. Work with these applicants and train them where necessary – their enthusiasm and willpower will enhance your team.
- The Older Applicant
Too many hirers ignore experienced older applicants. Years working in your industry means a lot. Barriers are often assumed when they are not relevant. Computer literacy and good health are usually prerequisites for most jobs so once you determine that the applicant is a can-do person consider them carefully, even if they are older than yourself.
"A good team will give your company greater productivity and better customer relations. Choose carefully. "