Is your team functioning at its best? Want to expand your team’s creativity and enhance their decision making? In this HBR article, Suzanne M. Johnson Vickberg and Kim Christfort, leaders in the Business Chemistry system at Deloitte, explore the new science of team chemistry using an assessment that reveals four workplace personality preferences.
Understanding these four workplace styles can help leaders and teams decode typical frustrations and find a common language for knowing how people work. So, which work style do you fall into?
What You’ll Learn
After completing the work on this page, you will be able to:
- Know the four primary work styles and which one characterizes you
- Recall three management strategies for synchronizing and maximizing these work styles on your team
- Realize the benefits of finding a common language about how people work
Read the Article
After reading the article, reflect on the following questions. Jot down your thoughts. Consider sharing this video with a colleague or a work group for an insightful discussion.
The following three items are meant to be conducted in one sitting. It is helpful if everyone participating in this exercise is familiar with the article.
- With a colleague, a few colleagues, or your entire work team, characterize your own personal work styles. Write your work style on a sticky note, place it on yourself like a name tag, and share with each other what your individual styles are. No one style is better than another.
- After sharing your styles, collectively discuss what is beneficial and challenging about working with your polar opposite work style. Pioneers will talk about Guardians and vice versa, while Drivers will do the same with Integrators. Keep the conversation general and tactful, not using specific colleagues’ names.
- Discuss which management strategies from the article or otherwise that would help improve your team’s dynamics. After you have identified a few concrete strategies, make a plan to employ at least one tactic that you identified. Give it some time to start being effective, then celebrate your accomplishments, revisit your plan, and fine tune your strategies.
Here’s more to spark your thinking on this topic:
This is a four part series. Consider reading each of the 4 related articles. Scroll past the article above to find the following three articles or click the links below:
- “How Work Styles Inform Leadership“
- “If You Understand How the Brain Works, You can Reach Anyone“
- “A Brief History of Personality Tests“
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