Educators work and communicate in very different ways. Learning how to identify and understand different working styles based on common characteristics is a fundamental component of creating high performing and harmonious teams.
Not everyone in the world communicates and reacts to their environment in the same way. Some of us enjoy basking in the glow of the limelight while others are very uncomfortable with public displays of praise.
Understanding different personality styles is not about changing other people; it’s about changing the way we operate in order to create an environment where others can thrive.
There tends to be four main working styles;
- and expressive.
Each of these working styles exhibits general characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses. They need to be managed and communicated in different ways. Understanding the unique characteristics will help your team bring out the best in each other.
- Analytical (Owl)
The analytical personality type is very profound and thoughtful. They are serious and purposeful individuals. Analyticals are orderly, organized, they love lists and process.
They want things done right! And they want them done right the first time. They are neat and tidy individuals. Analyticals are detail focused and they are self-disciplined.
Analyticals’ weaknesses are that they can be moody, critical and negative. Analyticals can be indecisive and they over-analyse everything.
- Driver (Eagle)
Drivers have a dynamic and direct working style. They exude confidence and move very quickly to action. For Drivers, close enough is good enough. Drivers’ strengths are that they are very determined individuals. They are independent and they are productive. Drivers get a lot of things done.
On the weak side, the driver can be insensitive, unsympathetic, harsh, proud and sarcastic. They can also rush to a decision without thoroughly thinking it through.
- Amiable (Dove)
The amiable working type is very patient and well-balanced. They are quiet team players, very sympathetic, kind, and inoffensive. Amiables do not like to offend people.
An amiable is easy going and everybody likes Amiables. They don’t like conflict, so they’re very agreeable. They’re diplomatic and calm. But on the weak side, their aversion to offence and conflict can also manifest as a weakness.
- Expressive (Peacock)
Expressives are the social specialist because they love to have fun. They are individuals who turn disaster into humour. They prevent dull moments and they are very generous people. They want to be included in projects, in teams and conversations.
On the strong side, the expressive is very outgoing and easily engaged. They are ambitious, charismatic, and persuasive. On the weak side, they can be disorganized, undisciplined, loud, and lose interest quickly.
Case Study – Giving Feedback using Personality Styles.
Giving feedback to Educators can be tricky at the best of times. However, when you understand their working style you have a better chance of getting your message across.
Situation: A staff member has left a window open when completing the closing routine last night. The open window caused a breeze, which set off the alarm.
Action: You need to give the staff member some feedback about the window. You need to get your message across while maintaining a strong relationship with the staff member.
Here are my suggestions for each of the 4 working styles. Each style has been scripted to get the message across in a way that suits their working style.
Hi Driver, You left the window open last night. Can you please make sure you close it next time?
Hi Analytical, I just noticed this morning that the window was open about 10 centimetres. Can you please check that the window is included on the closing checklist? If it’s not, can you please update the checklist, photocopy it and give it out to everyone.
Hi Amiable, How was your night? I was just walking past the window and I noticed a breeze. I’m not sure whether you locked up last night or someone else locked up, but if you could go around and remind everyone to ensure they shut the window when they close, that would be great!
Expressive! Window, window, you forgot the window last night you silly billy!
Changing your approach to suit your colleagues working styles ensure we can bring out the best in each other.
When you take this approach as a team, you’ll find you have increased collaboration and less aggressiveness. They will have increased engagement, positivity and a genuine respect and acceptance of different personalities.
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