Personalities in Project Management

14 May

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?

  1. Adjust your management and leadership style for each individual
  2. Understand what best motivates an individual to do their best work
  3. Understand what learning style works best for each team member
  4. What communication method they prefer (Technical, Straight to the point, Caring/Emotional, Expressive)
  5. Helps to build a Stronger, Positive Team Environment
  6. Helps to build trust and loyalty in their project manager
  7. Helps make your project run smoother and more efficiently to increase success in the project
  8. It identifies preferences, rather than competencies, abilities, or skills
  9. Remember, no personality type is better than another, as each personality provides it’s unique gifts and talents to each project
Four Personality Traits
How do you Figure Out Which Personality Type Someone is?

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.

Personality Tests

As a project manager, what tips work best for you when working with each of these personality types? 

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Posted by on May 14, 2011 in Project Manager Tips


2 responses to “Personalities in Project Management

  1. Abdimalik

    May 26, 2011 at 11:37 pm

    I am planiing to organize a workshop of project management. I need some idea. In the future, I would like to becaome a PMP trainer. Would you have nay idea for me?

  2. Lisa Drake

    May 27, 2011 at 5:00 pm

    Hi Abdimalik! I would suggest getting certified as a project manager and look into talking some courses at your local university. I think reading other PM blogs also gives you some great ideas and learning tools to help you as a project manager! Keep me posted!!! Take Care!


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