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  • Writer's pictureRobert A. Dougan, M.A.

How Personality Enhances Team Dynamics

Updated: Feb 26, 2023


Personality assessments are a great tool for companies to utilize in order to help build better teams. A team of people who are comfortable around each other and understand how they work best together will perform better than any individual would, no matter how talented they are. The most effective way to understand the personalities of your team members is by using personality assessments such as like the one's offered by RAD Potential, and here's why:


Personality Assessments Build Stronger Teams


Personality assessments are a great way to learn more about the people you work with. When you have an understanding of their personalities, it becomes easier to understand how they might react in different situations and make better decisions on how best to approach them.


Personality assessments can also help you better understand yourself and your own strengths and opportunities for growth as an employee. This is important, because if we don't know what our strengths are, then we won't be able to leverage them effectively when working on projects or teams.


Finally, personality assessments can help find the right team members based off their individual skillsets rather than simply looking at resumes or interviewing candidates face-to-face (which may not always give accurate results). Using personality assessments in the hiring process is the most objective way to assess a candidate without being bias. They allow you dig a little deeper in getting to know someone better before you bring them onboard.


Personality Assessments Help Identify Cultural Fit


Personality assessments are a great way to identify potential cultural fit issues. If you're having trouble hiring the right people, personality assessments can help you pinpoint which traits will make them more successful in your organization and help them feel comfortable in the workplace.


Personality assessments can also be used as a tool for addressing cultural fit issues after they arise, such as when an employee doesn't seem happy in their role or with co-workers who have different personalities than themselves. It's important that these conversations happen sooner rather than later so that everyone can work together effectively; if you wait too long before addressing these types of problems, they may become worse over time and become harder to fix down the road!


Often, in the hiring process, people neglect how someone will match to the work environment and the team itself. We can at times get tunnel vision and only focus on how they will fit in the role. However, like most work environments many people do have to work in a team, and taking into account a person's style characteristics along with other personality traits will help make sure the person will be able to easily integrate into the team.


Personality Assessments Aid in Training and Development


Personality assessments can also be helpful in training and development. Because personality traits are relatively stable throughout one's life, they can be used to predict how people will respond to different situations. This can help you determine how best to train or develop each team member based on their strengths, areas of growth and preferences.


When it comes to training and development consistency among team members is key; otherwise, it could lead to unproductive behaviors such as employees feeling left out or undervalued by the organization. Personality assessments offer a way for organizations to ensure consistent results when developing their employees' skillsets through feedback from multiple angles. Your own self-evaluation along with those of others who know you well such as managers or co-workers are helpful in this process.


While self awareness is the key to self development, understanding others and who you are coaching and training is the where managers have to start. Using personality assessments to learn how to navigate a team member relationship makes training and coaching much easier. Everyone wins in this scenario because the individual becomes more consciously aware who they are and their natural preferences and the coach or manager can modify their approach to compliment the individual. Look at personality assessments as the road map to success.


Personalities sometimes clash

Personality clashes are a common cause of conflict in teams, but they don't have to be. For example, an introvert may clash with an extrovert because the introvert prefers quiet time alone while the extrovert prefers socializing with others.


To resolve personality conflict:

  • Use a personality assessment to learn how your team dynamic works and what areas might need improvement for better teamwork overall.

  • Participate in team-building activities to encourage open communication and help everyone get to know each other better.

  • Include personality types in your team’s onboarding process, so people know what to expect from each other.

Personality assessments offered from RAD Potential and our team dynamics program will help your team work on areas that might need improvement for better teamwork overall. These types of programs provide the opportunity to participate in activities to encourage open communication and help everyone get to know each other better.


Conclusion


We hope that this post has given you some insight into how personality assessments can be used to build stronger teams. Personality assessments can help you identify cultural fit, train new employees and improve existing team members' performance. They are an important tool in any recruiter's and manager's arsenal and should be considered by anyone who wants their business to succeed. Personality assessments have many different uses and these are just a few that might help your team grow and thrive.


RAD Potential Advisory helps organizations attract and select quality hires. We will remove any frustration you ever had about hiring, to become a believer that quality hiring is the magic ingredient as to why your company is thriving. Contact us and let’s recruit better together.

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