Other than software developers who code from home, we all work with people and must communicate with people every day. It’s important to understand your own communication style and how it affects your colleagues and employees. It’s also important to recognize their communication styles and preferred methods of communication.
Unlike the DISC personality profiles, these four categories represent the preferred method of communication and not a personality type. Making the effort to understand the four styles and being flexible in your behavior will pay off with stronger relationships.
Although our communication style is pretty much set by the time we are adults, employees, especially potential leaders, can be trained to be perceptive to different styles and adjust accordingly. And since each style is best suited to handle different work scenarios, being more perceptive to communication styles will help a manager assign projects, mentor employees, and settle conflicts.
Here are a few insights and generalizations into how each profile interacts, and the type of work that may be the best fit.
Because relators care so much about maintaining a harmonious workplace, they are best suited for managing teams that are well-trained and autonomous, such as a group of creatives. They dislike personality conflicts, are active listeners, and make excellent mentors. Their management style can be referred to as ‘pacesetting.’
Like relators, socializers love people. They take control, are fast-paced and not always concerned with the details. They are big thinkers, dreamers, and well-suited for leading innovation and new product teams. They are enthusiastic with the ability to think on their feet making them excellent presenters and public speakers.
Thinkers love to work alone. They are critical thinkers and systematic problem solvers. The thinker loves data, works autonomously, slowly, and precisely. This explains why they should manage HR, legal, or compliance work.
In short, directors direct. They are best suited to manage in extremely fast-paced environments because their style is very clear, concise, and well, direct. The director is laser-focused on productivity, goals, and bottom-line results. The director makes an excellent sales leader or plant manager.
Whether you manage a team of people or are an employee getting to know your own manager, it’s good to know what you are dealing with. Understanding how people communicate will help you navigate corporate America and progress in your career.
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