In board rooms, members of the board are generally chosen based on a set of criteria. They may see the need to have someone with a financial background, someone with legal expertise, and others who are well connected in the community.
In management teams, the emphasis is more on position or expertise. They might again have the accountant, human resources manager, engineer, department manager, etc. all connected to the project or overall running of the organization.
These ‘teams’ usually have a structure for the meetings and go through an agenda and proceed using Roberts rules of order. However, having the right mix of team members does not ensure that they are effective and efficient, or produce the best decisions.
Teams are made up of different personalities. I hear comments from team leaders, “So-and-so doesn’t contribute, they are very quiet”, or, “They are always coming up with more ideas after the decision”, or, “We didn’t anticipate the reaction to the change”.
The sixteen personality types identified in the Myers-Briggs® Type Indicator take in and respond to information differently. Introverts process internally and need time to respond. If you want them to be effective in meetings, give them an agenda in advance so they can be prepared. If you don’t, be prepared to ask them for their ideas the day after the meeting. Extraverts process in the group and need the interaction of the team to formulate and refine their responses. Sensing types rely on step-by-step process and draw on their experiences while Intuitive types thrive on ideas, creativity and see possibilities. Thinking types are logical, fair, and will look after the bottom line, while Feeling types will guard the ethics, values, and those impacted by the decisions. Judging types will keep the focus on structure and order while the Perceiving types will be open to change from the status-quo.
It would not be ethical to build a team based on type, but there is value in utilizing type knowledge once you have the team. To be effective the team needs to consider Sensing, Intuitive, Thinking and Feeling input in their decision-making process. If not, they could miss a valuable piece of consideration.
Good two-way communication is essential in teams. Knowledge of personality type and how each of the team members communicates can lessen conflict and create a better basis for decision-making.
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