In the “The New Science of Team Chemistry” in a recent edition of the HBR there was an article that looked at different personality types and how best to interact with them. In small businesses there are rarely large teams yet gelling into a cohesive unit can be very challenging, just as in a big company. And smaller companies, on occasions have to team up to tackle bigger projects resulting in interaction with other groups of people.

This is what makes research into these areas so interesting. The article breaks down people into groups - Pioneers, Drivers, Integrators, and Guardians. People can have traits that overlap into different groups but one group can be dominant.

A quick description from the article of what each group entails:
Pioneers value possibilities, and they spark energy and imagination on their teams. They believe risks are worth taking and that it’s fine to go with your gut. Their focus is big-picture. They’re drawn to bold new ideas and creative approaches.
Guardians value stability, and they bring order and rigor. They’re pragmatic, and they hesitate to embrace risk. Data and facts are baseline requirements for them, and details matter. Guardians think it makes sense to learn from the past.
Drivers value challenge and generate momentum. Getting results and winning count most. Drivers tend to view issues as black-and-white and tackle problems head on, armed with logic and data.
Integrators value connection and draw teams together. Relationships and responsibility to the group are paramount. Integrators tend to believe that most things are relative. They’re diplomatic and focused on gaining consensus.

Read over the article so you can understand which group you fall into and how to interact with people from other groups. This is a soft skill that many people do not consider but can add greatly to your success as you can achieve a lot more when collaborating with other people. When working with a group of people you could identify the personality of your team members and interact with them appropriately, or if you are leading a team you can understand the personalities involved and create an appropriate environment.

The HBR article can be found here.

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