It May Take More Than Personality Tools To Put Together An Effective Team
Created: Monday, 14 May 2012 11:44
Potential partners and advisory teams often use the Myers-Briggs test to distinguish personality types and as the basis for forming a well-rounded team. But such tests may also promote labeling. Labeling and stereotyping can lead to misunderstanding and internal conflicts. Our perceptions of others
determine how we treat them. How we treat and view others can also become contagious within the team.
This doesn’t mean that tools like Myers-Briggs can’t be useful. But they may be insufficient in addressing fully the complexities of human relationships. Gathering input from team members about mistakes they’ve seen other teams make can help you design a strategy to avoid those mistakes. Revisiting these topics from time to time can help you monitor danger signals on an ongoing basis.
Forming a partnership that works well for everyone is one of the most difficult challenges advisors can face. The more challenges you can anticipate and the more responsibility each team member takes for the team’s success can keep you on track toward the goal’s everyone wishes to achieve.
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