What’s your working style?
You know what they say about opinions, everyone’s got one. And it’s the same for your working style. Not everyone works in the same way.
Your organisation needs to have the correct blend of differing people and opinions to be creative, innovative and successful. There are four main ways of working, but each have pros and cons.
Which category (or categories) do you fall into?
1. I’m a Doer
Pros: Doers are most happy when, simply, they’re doing something. Their personality blossoms when they’re completing tasks, checking lists or tackling projects head on. These people are usually focussed and are very particular in their efforts.
Cons: Doers may sometimes forget to communicate and explain what they’re doing. They usually dive in head first, and let the chips fall where they may. Doers will often believe that everyone should work in the same way.
2. I’m a Leader
Pros: These people will create a vision, and inspire others to come on board and believe. Without leaders, most companies wouldn’t progress or have innovative ideas. It’s easy to listen to and admire Leaders.
Cons: Leaders can be detached from others who don’t understand everything that goes into their vision. They can sometimes forget to look back when they’re trailblazing ahead.
3. I’m a Lover
Pros: These people are great at building relationships. You need these people in your business to become stronger. They will thrive when a team works in harmony with one another and will work hard to build and manage relationships. They are strong and empathic – they will usually know how other members of the team are feeling unconsciously.
Cons: Lovers may not be the best people for detailed work. They are usually make people feel great but don’t often contribute much to ‘tangible’ work.
4. I’m a Learner
Pros: These are the researchers. They love learning and understand problems. They tend to think more strategically than most people and are deliberate and disciplined in their actions.
Cons: Without other types of workers, learners wouldn’t get much done. In order to execute their meticulous plans, they need a team of people around them.
It’s time for us to realise that everyone isn’t the same and aligned in the same direction. Most people will become supercharged when they work with other people’s strengths. Don’t critique those who may seem like they aren’t working hard enough, but rather focus on how you can contribute with your personal skill set.