Great Leaders Know Their Teams Colours

Great Leaders Know Their Teams Colours

Great Leaders Know Their Teams Colours

Leadership can be a very challenging task.  As leaders, we don’t always get to choose who is on our team.  In fact, very often a leader inherits a team, of which most of the members have been there far longer than the incoming leader, and may even know more about the work.  Whatever the situation, one of the responsibilities of a leader is to motivate the team to work towards the common goal.  This can be a daunting challenge.  Often,  teams are comprised of diverse members, each with their strengths, weaknesses, and work styles.  This is often further complicated by team dynamics, internal disagreements and personal conflicts.  In order to achieve success, the leader not only has to get disparate groups working together but also needs to achieve the results expected by their superiors.

A leaders ability to identify the types of personality characteristics of team members is crucial.  By understanding their basic personality types, the leader can best utilise each individual member’s strengths for the good of the team.  This also allows them to assign tasks that individual team members naturally excel in improving team performance overall.  This also allows them to vary their communication style with individual team members in order to motivate them whilst taking into account their needs, values, and working preferences.

A good leader will see the greatest results by working and utilizing the strengths and working style characteristics of the personalities on the team. By correctly positioning the individual member’s strengths and compensating for weaknesses, the leader can bring the team into a productive balance and harmony.

A brief overview of the different values and working styles of the four main personality types demonstrates the importance of this knowledge being part of the successful leadership toolbox. The four types of personality will be described using the colours Gold, Blue, Green, and Orange.

The strong Gold employee takes work and responsibility very seriously. Gold personalities want to contribute, be part of the team, and to be successful and productive. They respond well to recognition, rewards, and incentives. However Gold team members need well-defined responsibilities and structure, firm expectations, and timelines as well as being reassured from the authority that they are on the right track.

The strong Blue personality needs an open, social atmosphere to be able to work well. Relationships are very important for them, and they need the freedom to be able to nurture relationships with coworkers, customers, and employers.  Conflict and intense competition are painful for a strong Blue, but they will thrive in a positive, creative, service orientated atmosphere.

A strong Green personality is more noted for expertise rather than people skills. They are excellent working with facts, data, research, and analytical projects. Greens shine in their ability for designing, understanding complex systems and strategy. Facts are of utmost importance for the Green, but they have a weakness for routine follow through and are somewhat insensitive in social interactions.

Orange team members are noticeable by their energy, skill, and creativity. A key factor for an Orange is the freedom to be able to use their skills and abilities. If there is too much structure, or their boss is very authoritarian, the orange personality feels blocked and does not function well. Orange personalities like people and work well in a spirit of teamwork, competition, and camaraderie. They are action-orientated, though, and become impatient with prolonged talking and detailed administrative tasks.

A leader, by knowing the colours of his team, can use this knowledge to blend the team members into a unified, well-coordinated picture poised for success. By facilitating each team member to function in their areas of natural strength and motivating them by communicating in a way that inspires harmony and teamwork, the leader is well on the way to achieving extraordinary results.

Simon Childs

Managing Director – Optitude 360

Simon Childs, head up Optitude-360 Search & Selection. He is passionate about three things in life! Headhunting, Psychology, and Leadership (Make that four also his family?).
Optitude360 use a combination of  smart psychology and psychometric techniques to Identify & source the top 10% of leadership talent for our clients?? What is behind the name Optitiude-360 ❓

We believe that successful leaders combine and balance the following 3 key traits :

Optimum Attitude + Optimum Aptitude + Optimum Fortitude.

When all three are aligned and balanced we call this “Optitude” When assessing suitability we take a 360-degree person-centric approach.


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