Team Work and Personality Types

As 2nd round interviews for summer internships continue in full swing, 1st year MA-HRIR students are learning more about their abilities to function within a team of diverse personalities. As discussed in the SHRM article, Understand Personality Diversity to Maximize Productivity, there are 6 different basic types of personalities- Thinkers, believers, harmonizers, fosters, promoters, imaginers (Hastings, 2012). Nate Regier, Ph.D., collaborator of this article, claims that, "Personality doesn't matter unless two or more people are trying to get stuff done." Essentially, understanding various core personalities is a necessity to be a successful team player.

Hastings identified 6 different personality types:

  • Thinkers tend to be logical, responsible and organized. "They are not group people," Regier noted, and considers time their "most precious commodity." (Hastings, 2012)
  • Believers are dedicated, conscientious and observant and want to be respected for their convictions. According to Regier, they believe, "if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well." (Hastings, 2012)
  • Harmonizers are compassionate, sensitive and warm--and are often found in the HR profession, Regier noted. They prize family and friendship and work best in groups. (Hastings, 2012)
  • Funsters are spontaneous, creative and playful. They want the workplace to be lively and upbeat, according to Regier, and tend to react quickly to whatever is happening around them at the time. (Hastings, 2012)
  • Promoters are action-oriented. "They sell everything," Regier noted, and are seen as adaptable, persuasive and charming. (Hastings, 2012)
  • Imaginers--the category most closely aligned with introversion--is imaginative, reflective and calm and prize privacy and their own space. "Tell them what to do and leave them alone," Regier said, but tell them when to come back. (Hastings, 2012)
The Hastings article listed the core personalities and maybe it's just a thought... but perhaps it is the diversity in personalities and beliefs that causes team conflicts rather than the obvious race, gender, religion issues?!

One more side note before signing off-

Hastings states that men have a higher probability to be associated with being personality types "thinkers, believers & promoters, " while women have a higher probability to be associated with being personality type "harmonizers, funsters, or imaginers." When a woman is identified as the personality type "thinker" in a team setting, she could be labeled as being too aggressive, a man labeled "harmonizer" could be perceived as being too emotional. That is how society works whether one agrees or disagrees. Just a thought for future 2nd round interviews and team studies!
Signing off now - Pao Kue

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