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6 Different Personality Types and How to Manage Them

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Wheeler Coleman – CEO and Executive Partner at EC-United. His opinions are his own.

There are many facets involved in a managerial position, yet few are more complex than learning to deal with the array of different employee personality types. And while every employee has qualities that make them individually unique (just like managers do), there are certain traits that can make an employee more manageable.

So which personality types are easiest to manage?

1. Sensors

One of the foremost traits of Sensors is their aptitude for coming up with solutions that are based on reliable information. Those that fall into the Sensors category are known for their passion for hard facts and data. This bodes well for managers that are willing to back up their decisions with verifiable information.

If you are a manager trying to introduce changes in the office, such as workday restructuring or personnel changes, Sensors are more likely to adhere to the plan, so long as they can be shown that there are sufficient reasons to make the adjustments.

2. Feelers

When it comes to teamwork and cooperation, there is no personality type that embraces these concepts like that of a Feeler. Feelers are particularly noted for their concern for the well-being of others, and they often go out of their way to ensure that their decisions do not negatively affect those around them.

The personality type of Feelers give them a natural tendency to follow directions from an authoritative figure, and this means gaining their support for decisions made by managers is typically easy. When dealing with Feelers, as a manager, it is important to show that, while you are in charge, you are also part of the team. In addition, with their team working capabilities, Feelers may be able to help sway the opinions of more skeptical employees.

3. Judgers

If you are a manager in a work environment that relies heavily on adhesion to structure, then employees with a Judger personality type can be valuable. Judgers are regarded for their by-the-book attitude, as they are prone to following the rules very closely. When you are a manager, a significant portion of your workday can be spent attempting to enforce rules and discipline those who refuse to abide by them.

By hiring workers with personality traits that resemble that of Judgers, managers can help reduce the chance that they will have to waste time reprimanding employees. Instead, the can-do attitude of Judgers can help to instil a similar mentality in co-workers, which could make for a more productive workforce.

4. Introverts

The term introvert can encompass a broad spectrum of personality types, however, they are specifically defined by their preference to work alone, often in seclusion, or in small groups. Those with an introverted personality type typically keep to themselves and cause little disruption in the workplace.

Of course, if you are a manager, having an employee that is willing to move in whichever direction is required of them, without complaint, can make the process of implementing changes run much smoother. In addition to keeping to themselves, introverts have an unhurried nature that prevents them from jumping to conclusions without the proper considerations.

5. Perceivers

Spontaneity is one of the characteristic traits of the personality type known as Perceivers, and along with this impulsiveness comes an ability to adapt that many other personality types lack. In the workplace, the ability to adapt is critical in maintaining a position and growing with the company. Therefore, Perceivers are apt to do whatever it takes to stay in the good graces of management.

However, this does not mean that Perceivers are simply followers, rather this ideology is a testament to their open-mindedness. From the perspective of a manager, an employee that is willing to give anything a try, in order to achieve success, can be a great asset.

6. Spirited

As the name suggests, those with Spirited personality types tend to take on their life, and their job, with an unabating zest. These employees are crucial in keeping the morale of coworkers at optimal levels, and their positive attitude can be infectious.

If you have ever been around someone with a Spirited outlook, you may have noticed that you started to feel the same way.

As a manager, staffing Spirited employees can be instrumental in portraying new ideas in a way that resonates with colleagues.

Every person has individual characteristics that makes them both an asset and a liability in the workplace. However, there are specific personality types that are easier to manage than others, and it is for this reason that employees should be chosen carefully. When considering candidates for a position, be sure to take the time to get a feel for their personality.

Look for those who pay close attention to facts, such as Sensors, or those that show a willingness to put their coworker’s feelings before their own, like that of a Feeler.

Similarly, pay attention to other traits that may show that they will be easy to manage, such as an introverted demeanor or a spirited outlook on life. By keeping these personality tips in mind, you are sure to have success finding employees that are easy to manage.

Wheeler Coleman

Wheeler Coleman is the CEO and Executive Partner at EC-United, a boutique IT consulting firm specializing providing clients with executive advisory services relating to cyber security, analytics, and mobile applications. He also sits on the Board of Trustees at Northern Illinois University.

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