4 Employee Work Styles and How to Manage Them

Understanding what motivates your team will make you a better leader

Understanding what motivates your team will make you a better leader

By LaToya M. Smith

A diverse team with different work styles is what makes a business unique and innovative, but it can also cause friction. Understanding how to manage those differences can improve communication and create more productive interactions.

Javis Brunson, founder and lead business advisor at Javis Brunson Consulting, shares four common work styles you’re likely to encounter in the workplace and tips on how to “style flex.”

Style Flex:A way of creating common ground with people very different from yourself; the process of identifying another person’s style.” — “People Styles at Work and Beyond” by Robert Bolton and Dorothy Grover Bolton.

Take the Test: Understanding your team’s personality types and work styles is just one way to become a more effective leader, but it’s also important to understand your own style before you can flex to theirs.

“If you don’t understand the other person’s style, you can spend a lot of time being upset and confused on how to best work with team members,” says Brunson.

What’s your work style?

LaToya M. Smith is a journalist and editor who covers finance and small business. Follow her on Twitter: @LaToyaReports.

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