People are incredibly, and frustratingly unique and complex. As a good leader, we are not to to to stamp out that weirdness – that uniqueness – but to maximize it to make strong teams.
“Well-roundedness is a misguided and futile objective when it comes to individual people; but when it comes to teams it’s an absolute necessity. The more diverse the team members, the more weird, spiky, and idiosyncratic they are, the more well-rounded the team.”
Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall in “Nine Lies About Work”.
Embrace the weirdness of your team members to build a well-rounded team.
I have enjoyed learning more about the different types of personalities and how we interact with one another. For example, I am an INTJ (see infographic and article below) and a DC on the DiSC assessment. Knowing that has helped me to become more self-aware and especially in regard to how I impact the people around me. That knowledge has also helped me to see what used to be blind spots in my life so that I can grow and become better. Knowing your “type” can also help you in your career choices.