By Marie Miguel
As a supervisor, being familiar with the different personalities of your employees will guide you in successfully interacting with them. The first step, though, is being able to identify their personality type. There are many different assessments available that you can give in order to determine the personality types of your employees. On the other hand, you might also be able to pick up on their different personality types based on behaviors and reactions to different situations they face.
The most popular personality assessment is the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, which describes 16 personality types from the following preferences, based on the MBTI website: Extraversion (E) or Introversion (I), Sensing (S) or Intuition (N), Thinking (T) or Feeling (F) and Judging (J) or Perceiving (P).
One thing to try is giving your team a task to accomplish. For example, building an egg ship that would keep a raw egg intact even if the “ship” is dropped from a certain height. Those who jump right in with a plan of action or those who initiate the creation of a “blueprint” for the “egg ship” are most likely INTJ’s. They are strategists, as well as natural leaders. On the other hand, those who wait for a “plan” and wait for a task to be delegated to them are most likely ESTP’s. They are “doers”, as well as adaptable.
You may also be able to pick up on the personality styles of your employees by looking at their behavior in the workplace. Those who like to organize their work space and keep everything in its place are most likely ESTJ’s. They are also, in most cases, traditional and practical. On the other hand, those who come to work full of energy and start the day off with a “bang” are most likely ESFP’s. They like being the center of attention and are always coming up with fun ways to get through the day.
It is important that you take the time to observe the behaviors and actions of your employees, so that you can pick-up on each of their personality type. However, figuring out their specific personality type is only the beginning. For further improvement, follow through with a conducive communication style. Learning about different communication styles could also assist in identifying different personality types. Other than giving an actual assessment, their actions in the workplace or given different situations, will allow you to learn more about their preferences and how you can adjust to their personality types in interacting with them effectively.