Whatever the circumstances of your life, the understanding of type can make your perceptions clearer, your judgments sounder, and your life closer to your heart’s desire. –Isabel Briggs Myers
Project managers can benefit from knowing their fellow team member’s personalities and how each team member best works so the team members and project are best set up for success.
Why is it important to know your project team members personality type?
- Adjust your management and leadership style for each individual
- Understand what best motivates an individual to do their best work
- Understand what learning style works best for each team member
- What communication method they prefer (Technical, Straight to the point, Caring/Emotional, Expressive)
- Helps to build a Stronger, Positive Team Environment
- Helps to build trust and loyalty in their project manager
- Helps make your project run smoother and more efficiently to increase success in the project
- It identifies preferences, rather than competencies, abilities, or skills
- Remember, no personality type is better than another, as each personality provides it’s unique gifts and talents to each project
When managing a project, you may not be able to hand out a Myers-Briggs Test to each of your team members to take, therefore, observation is the key to success. People’s personality come out in a variety of ways, even when the person is not aware of it. Everything from the way a person dresses, to their how their office looks, to what social signals (verbal and nonverbal communication). All of these verbal and nonverbal communication methods reveals a lot of information about what personality type they are, so watch, listen, and observe.
As a project manager, what tips work best for you when working with each of these personality types?