If I were to begin thinking that everyone within an organization had all the same talents, passions, ambitions, and characteristics, I would be considered crazy! This is the same when dealing with personalities. Everyone has different childhood backgrounds, perspectives, experiences, and outlooks, that form the type of personality they have. The hard part is going to be able to manage a large amount of people and approaching everyone the “right way”.
In an Organizational Behavior class, I learned the two distinctive different personality types: Type A and Type B. Type A, (being one myself) are the “go-getters”, ambitious, time oriented, and tend to stress themselves out by carrying a lot of different projects on their shoulders. Type A personalities are also known to be the impatient kind; thus, as a manager of Type A’s, I would refer to my last blog post, about job enrichment. By vertically job loading them, this will well suit them, in the fact that they will feel like they are able to handle any task given to them. As an overseer, I would check in to see how things are going, without them feeling as though I am “babysitting” them.
Now, for the Type B’s in the group, a different approach may be needed. Even though the same expectations are requested of both the A and the B type personalities, I foresee myself giving the Type B a different approach. Traditionally, Type B personalities are ones that don’t seem to look at work as a place of competition; rather, they rely on their creative side in order to complete each task. Type B’s also don’t get very stressed out, since they have a very patient work ethic. The trade-off between Type A and Type B could possibly be seen through the quality of the finished task. Type A’s will do their work very quickly, spending less time on the detail oriented aspect, while Type B’s will take their time and complete their work. Type B’s will most likely have a better presentation in the end, due to the fact that their mind is set on one task at a time.
While giving Type B a set of tasks to complete may seem easy, I may need to set up additional requirements: due dates, rough drafts, etc. By putting such requirements in place, this will motivate the Type B personalities to have a better sense of time awareness.
As far as deciding which type of personality is the best, that is uncertain. Having both types of personalities within a work place will set up a sense of diversity with coming up with ideas, future plans, and ways to effectively approach work problems. A work environment with only one type of personality will easily disintegrate, which is why I would say Type A and Type B personalities are like a balancing act; one needs the other to survive.
Do you have any personal experiences with another teammate, that had a different personality type than you? How did it turn out?