4 Personalities You’ll Find on Your Team

Leading a team is a task that people either love or dread. From our earliest years, we discover the difficulty of putting vastly different people together in one group. With each new team comes a whole new jumble of personalities, and as a leader you need to be ready to work with each one. There are no hard rules to it, and mostly you find that you have to depend on common sense. But here are some of the people you’ll encounter as you begin to lead your team(s).

Go-getters

If you are more laid back, it can actually be really easy to become annoyed with someone who is always a go-getter. If you are a go-getter yourself, it’s nice having someone who can keep up the pace. Overall, go-getters are a great addition to any team. They can often be found keeping the wheels turning when no one is working or is simply in ‘no-work’ mode.

From my own experience, I love having a go-getter on my side. They are quick to act, and can help you get the job done. That being said, be careful not to rely solely on these individuals. As a leader, you need to make sure everyone is pulling their weight. Some people might be more willing to do a bit more work, but be careful not to put too much on them. The only negative is if you are not good at delegating or coming up with tasks; go-getters tend to be a bit impatient when it comes to not getting a plan together and getting right to work. 

Team Player

There are some people who are best described as team players. They are willing to do whatever it takes to make sure the group succeeds. Someone needs to stay late every now and then? The team player will bite the bullet. A job that no one wants to do? The team player will volunteer. Team players are, therefore, integral to the success of your team.

As a leader, you should remember this adage: don’t ask someone to do something you wouldn’t be willing to do. Make sure your team players are being given work fairly. It can be easy to drop all the jobs no one wants on them, but you need to make sure they are actually happy with their tasks. They may feel obligated to simply complete them for the success of the team!

Minimalist

We’ll incorrectly use this term to address those members of our team who are going to do the minimum amount of work required. They are doing their job, but have no desire to invest beyond what is needed to fulfill their obligations. We have all taken on this role at some point. Everyone has been a part of a project or team that they didn’t especially care about and were only really interested in getting out of it as soon as they could. It's not necessarily a bad thing; it's simply a personality that you’ll need to work with.

The biggest thing is recognizing who might not be willing to put in the extra effort. If you feel like talking to them about it, feel free to do so; depending on the individual, they may decide to give you a little more effort, but don’t let it discourage you if they don’t. They may not be doing the most work, but they are a part of your team. Play to their strengths and make sure you continue to include them in group decisions and discussions.

New in Town

It’s quite common that you’ll find someone new to your field, doe eyed and uppity, inexperienced in office politics and working in teams. It is your job as a leader to ensure they take their first steps towards becoming a stellar employee! Allow them to make mistakes, but don’t let them fail. Step in and point out where they were right and how they can improve on that.

Occasionally, these kinds of individuals may unintentionally step on other’s toes a bit. You job is to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. Help them out, and encourage them to be an active member of your team. Apply their advice from to time to time to show them you are listening and value their opinion.

Remember, no matter a person's personality, you need to be able to lead them just the same as everybody else. Encourage your team members to be inclusive of their fellow members, and to help each other learn and grow. As the leader you, it is up to you to ensure that everything gets done, and that your team works well together. Show respect for each individual, and for the group as a whole, by trusting them to get their jobs done, and offering assistance when you feel they need it. Being honest, respectful, and sincere will also make them respect you as their leader.