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How to Manage a Team Full of Different Personalities

December 29th, 2017

When it comes to managing a team, you have a lot on your plate. Suddenly, you’re not just responsible for your own work, but that of your staff, as well. On top of that, you have a host of different personalities to manage – each of which responds to different forms of motivation and communication.

As just one person, how can you manage your entire team of bustling and diverse personalities? With these tips:

Get to know your employees.

As one of Columbia, South Carolina’s top staffing firms, True Group knows if you don’t understand your people – on an individual basis – then you can’t effectively manage them. That’s why it’s so important to spend time together, both on a one-on-one basis, as well as in a group. Find out where they want to take their careers and what drives them to succeed.

Get to know them on a more personal level, too. Do they have a young family? Are their kids going into college? Are they just starting out in the career? The stage of life they’re in can have a big impact on what’s important to them and how they like to be managed. 

Improve your own emotional intelligence.

When you have a high degree of emotional intelligence, you’re better able to recognize your own emotions, as well as those around you. Therefore, you can more easily tell when people are getting out of balance or not feeling appreciated. As a result, you can deal with issues as they arise in a more effective manner – before they escalate and cause major blow ups on your team.

Treat everyone with respect.

It doesn’t matter if you’re managing a team of introverts, extroverts or ambiverts, you need to show everyone you respect them. You can do that by listening and making your employees feel their voices are being heard. Also, try to avoid playing favorites and instead respect each person’s strengths and skill sets.

Check in regularly, ask about pain points.

Another important aspect of managing a team full of different personalities is to check in with each one regularly. It doesn’t have to be anything formal; however, do make it a regular part of your day or week. Also, make sure to specifically ask about any pain points or obstacles they’re facing and talk about how you can work together to overcome them.

Be encouraging.

Another way to manage your team, despite their personality differences, is to always be encouraging. Advocate on their behalf so they have opportunities to advance their skills. Empower them and tell them how you believe in them and their abilities. You’ll go a long way in boosting confidence and building the strongest team possible, despite many different personalities.

If you’d like to learn more about keeping the many members of your team happy, read this post. Or, if you need more help hiring for your diverse team, call the experts at True Group. As one of Columbia, South Carolina’s top staffing firms, we pride ourselves on our ability to source and screen top talent on behalf of our clients. Contact us today to get started with our staffing process.

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