personality style

Personality styles are an indicator of how we interact with people around us. By considering a communicaiton style model, employees can understand how their personality style effects interactions with others.

Our Personality Style comes through every day, whether we are conscious of it or not.  Awareness allows us to take control of – and improve – our interpersonal relationships.  Developing an understanding of our Personality Style can be the first step in improvement.  This Halloween, you can start by choosing to celebrate your style.  Obviously, you were planning on being a Ninja Turtle.  I didn’t even have to ask.  But which one should you be? Do you have a Direct style? Raphael embodies the Direct style.  Never hesitating to take action, he’s always ready when the team encounters conflict and, Read More

Why should you care about your employees’ personalities? If they are fulfilling their job as outlined, and are generally following the organizational culture, you are doing pretty well, right? Although many leaders might agree with that statement, it sets the bar much lower than it needs to. There is likely untapped productivity within the personality of your employees – even the hopelessly under-performing or endlessly average ones. According to Scott Keller, performance improvement expert and co-author of Beyond Performance (2011, Wiley), “…we’ve found that leaders can create and sustain stronger business results if they understand — and manage — how, Read More

For literally thousands of years, people have been asking the question, “What’s the deal with me?” In Classical times, “what we are” was the same thing as “who we are.”  The physical body was fundamentally connected to the “I” (the personality) and the deed/action.  Classical physician Hippocrates noted signs from the body that related to the disposition and personality.  He called these physical/behavioral pairings the Four Humors, and related each to an element of nature (fire, water, wind, earth): Classical notions of ideal forms (developed by Hippocrates’ contemporary, Plato) found resurgence during the modernist period.  People had, in the face, Read More

You don’t have to work out for hours every day to get in shape, but you do need to do it consistently, if you want to progress. The same goes for successful communication. By understanding your Personality Style, and the styles of those around you – and allowing that understanding to frame your interactions – you can effectively communicate with virtually no strain or confusion.  By recognizing the tendencies and preferences of others, you’ll be able to flex your own style to accommodate their needs as well as your own.  Change your tactics in order to appeal to your counterparts’, Read More

FREE WEBINAR Hosted by HRDQ Presented by Kate Ward Wednesday, August 22, 2012 11:00am – 12:00pm eastern time The topic of personality in the workplace has always been a popular subject. And for a good reason. That’s because personality is the root source of our behavior, our actions, our performance. It determines how we communicate, influence as leaders, and get along with others. On a larger scale, personality shapes team dynamics—and even sets the tone of an organization’s culture. It can also become a competitive advantage, if people understand how it works and how to use it. Join author Kate Ward, Read More

A Guest Post by Personality Style at Work author Kate Ward. With the Fourth of July behind us, and an election just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about our American presidents. Four in particular, whom most people would agree were effective leaders: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each led from a distinct strength and Personality Style, and I believe that was the key to their effectiveness. Envision the future: This was Thomas Jefferson’s strength. Jefferson was a visionary who could picture a very different United States with the addition of the Louisiana Purchase. People, Read More

What do Facebook and leadership development have in common? Apparently not enough according to Marcus Buckingham, the author of First, Break All the Rules, Now, Discover Your Strengths and the recent Harvard Business Review article, “Can an Algorithm Teach Leadership?” But, as he argues, perhaps there is something trainers can learn from the practices of online giants such as Facebook, Google, and Netflix. “Facebook is an advertising powerhouse not because it has a standard formula for great ads, but because at the start it asks, Who are you?” he says. “Then, guided by its understanding of your likes and dislikes,, Read More

Learning about Personality Style isn’t all about getting along.  People with different Personality Styles approach and respond to conflict in different ways.  In order to address and work through conflict to positive resolutions, we have to communicate effectively.  A thorough understanding – not only of those with whom we are in conflict – but of ourselves, can take us a long way in improving our everyday interactions.  If we can’t understand why we react the way we do in conflict, how can we conduct ourselves effectively? In Kate Ward’s Personality Style at Work, she writes: Communication becomes much more challenging, Read More

The necessity for teams in business is undeniable – and the results they produce can be remarkable.  But without guidance, teams – and their performance – can falter or fail. What does your team need to keep on track? Somewhere to Go. Consistent, periodic training sessions are essential to the maintenance and growth of teams – not only for the information and skill-building they provide, but as a forum for gathering experience in functioning and learning as a team.  As each individual in the team is offered a path for growth, the team as a whole will grow better results, Read More

Does your organization develop its star players, or simply make the most informed hires it can and hope for the best? Even though it’s common business knowledge that developing the workforce in general is the key to remaining competitive, it remains difficult to make the same claim for individuals – star players that are already pulling their own weight on the team. What do they need? If they’re doing well and are even out-performing most of their peers, why do you need to spend resources developing them? Because they will burn out if you don’t. The path of least resistance, Read More

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