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Dealing With Different Personalities at Work

The workforce is filled with a variety of people with different work habits, styles and personalities. It’s often easier for leaders to connect with certain people over others. Some are overwhelmed by deadlines, others will chat your ear off, and others who are more adventurous. The best leaders have the skills to motivate all different personalities and work styles.

Here are some quick tips to get you started:

  1. Focus on the Ultimate Goal - Go into each conversation with the company’s vision in mind. Both parties have the same goals, so make sure you address that at the start. Different people bring in different opinions and ideas which ultimately is great for the business.

  2. Have Fun with a Personality Assessment - I recommend DiSC, but there are plenty out there. These profiles allow you to understand traits within your teammates you might not have been aware of. They teach you about yourself and how others might react in certain environments. Possessing this awareness will create a more functional and cohesive team and it's lots of fun!

  3. Don’t Take Everything Personally - Remember, you have no idea what is going on in a person’s life. If a person is being negative or unpleasant, that might be left over from a different situation and they happen to take it out on you. The best skill is to offer help and not make it a hostile environment even if the other person is grumpy.

  4. Find Out How Others Like to Work and Adapt - Figure out if a person likes lots of details in a report or a summary. Or prefers face-to-face over a phone call. The more you can adapt to how people work, the better your communication will be.

  5. Show Respect - One person doesn’t know everything, so it is important for people to respect each other’s strengths and weaknesses. People want to be heard, so make sure you are giving everyone that chance.

Leading at team with different skills and personalities is a good thing. You don't want everyone acting and thinking the same. Put together a team where differences make you stronger and smarter.

Have a few more minutes? Check this comparison of personality profile assessments.


Ready to strengthen your culture, your team and your leaders? Call Margie Adams at 303-809-8093 or email

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