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How to Use Psychology To Become a Better Business Leader

Being a boss means you must depend on the actions of your workers to ensure that goals are met. Workers come in all personalities and they may or may not work effectively together at any given time. If you take the time to understand each worker’s personality type, you will be able to adjust your expectations for their work production, as well as tailor your communications to achieve the best results.

Understand Employees’ Personality Types

Each member of your work team brings individual qualities to the task. Sometimes, these qualities can also slow the work or create miscommunications that impede its progress. A good business leader evaluates the personalities of each person in the group to determine the strengths and weaknesses that will affect achievement of goals.

Realize that Personality Types Affect Work Patterns

Perfectionists often take too much time on small details in their efforts to ensure that everything is just right. Narcissists may create tension and disharmony by insisting on having their way. Some socially avoidant personalities may accomplish more on their own and require less interaction with the rest of the group. Enrolling in applied psychology schools can help you develop the skills you need to understand these behaviors and adjust your management methods accordingly. Understanding how various personalities interact is key to getting collaborative tasks accomplished smoothly.

Develop Strategies that Take Personality Differences Into Account

In many cases, the business leader can utilize workers’ specific qualities to add value to the task at hand. In other cases, the leader make an effort to manage the negative effects of some personality qualities, such as suggesting specific places where corners could be cut to avoid delays. Workers who perform best when working on their own can be allowed to handle single tasks beginning to end, to avoid needing to collaborate with others, which often makes them anxious and uncomfortable.

Communicate in Ways That Take Personality Types Into Account

Communication methods can incorporate the needs of different personality types and still get the most from their efforts, or they can create barriers to getting the most effective outcomes. Understanding that one worker dislikes confrontation or negative feedback can allow business leaders to temper their suggestions with positive encouragement and praise. The “loners” in your work group may bristle at unscheduled scrutiny of their output. With these employees, it’s a better idea to announce your intention to check in at certain times, so that they can prepare themselves psychologically for the interaction. These small adjustments can make a significant impact on the way employees react to you and their assigned tasks.

A good business leader understands that goals are achieved with good management of the individual components of tasks. Understanding your workers’ personality traits can help you maximize their abilities and create a work environment where they can contribute to the group’s success.

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