Work style – and we don’t mean tie or no-tie. The WAY you work. Understanding how you, and your co-workers or employees, work is key to get more done. It helps you assign tasks appropriately to those most suited.
The best teams have a balance of all four styles. And the best organizations have many well-balanced teams who are confident in their working style and understand the necessity of divergent types or work.
Doers execute. They come alive when tasks are complete, lists are checked, or projects are tackled. They typically have intense focus and are detailed in their efforts.
Doers are usually so focused, however, they may forget to look up and communicate what they’re doing. Doers also tend to dive into work with little forethought. They believe that everyone should “Shoot, Fire, Aim” and tend to devalue the important work of planning.
Leaders create the vision and inspire others to believe in it. You can’t help but listen to, admire, and follow the Leaders. Without Leaders, we would be spinning in a hamster wheel with no real vision.
Leaders can be detached from others, not completely understanding all that goes into executing their vision. Because they’re out in front, they sometimes forget to check in with the people following them.
Lovers are relationship-builders. Believing that we’re stronger together, they thrive in harmony and work hard to manage relationships and build consensus.
People strong in the Loving working style are sensitive and empathic. They have an unconscious finger on the pulse of every other person on the team. If you want to know how others on your team are really feeling, ask the Lover.
But Lovers can suck at follow through and more detail-oriented work. Left to their own devices, they can out-empathize anyone and make people feel great, but not provide “tangible” work.
Learners are the researchers. These engineer types love learning and meticulously understanding the nuances of a problem.
They are deliberate, disciplined, and tend to think more strategically than most people.
Without others, however, Learners wouldn’t get much done. In order to execute their best-laid plans, they need a team ready to act. Their strategy is only as good as the problems they actually solve–not in theory, but in reality.
“Work” doesn’t just look one way. Maybe you see yourself solidly in one of these work styles and have a hard time envisioning ‘work’ from others when they do it differently. More often than not, you span a few of these, or perhaps all of them. But I wager you are consistent in one area when it comes to specific items. Perhaps when doing reports for your manager you are a solid Doer, but when meeting with your team you are a Lover. Wherever you are, appreciate others! It takes all of these work styles together to get things done.
Everyone has unique strengths that become super-charged once they’re aligned with other people’s strengths. Rather than critique someone who you believe “isn’t working,” make sure you’re living out your unique contribution in a powerful and sustainable way. Just do what makes you come alive.