The Secret to Building a Productive & EffectiveTeam

Many leaders are frustrated with a less than effective team. They are either dealing with constant infighting and conflict or trying to get their team fired up to take action.

In most cases the root cause can be traced to the original assembly of the team. Most leaders hire managers and staff in their own image. If the leader is an aggressive personality the leadership team will usually be aggressive, resulting in team members fighting for position and dominance on the team.

Leaders who are more reserved will hire team members who are also reserved. The end result is a team that doesn’t openly share a lot of information and gets stuck in decision making by being caught in over analysis.

So how do you get the right balance of harmony and action? The answer is to look outside your comfort zone and hire team members with various personality types. Try to have a balance of the following four types to develop an effective team.

Four personality types for an effective team

Director – This person tends to be the outgoing task orient person. They will constantly push the team towards a decision and action and will often be outspoken.

Influencer – As the socialite on the team this member will provide a high energy, positive influence. They will be sure everyone gets along and break any tension that may build.

Steady Eddy – The stabilizing force. This person tends to be more thoughtful and introspective. If encouraged, they will ask questions and will get the rest of the team to take a deep breath before taking action.

Compliance Officer – This person will get the team to plan, plan & plan. They will want all the details and contingency plans worked out and can often prevent the team from running into a goal post.

If you would like a more detailed description of the four personality types just email and put “Effective Team” in the Subject line.

When assembling your team you must look beyond skill. An organization can have the most talented people in the industry and still fail due to a lack of direction or an environment that does not foster collaboration and teamwork. Be strategic when assembling your team members; a productive and effective team is the goal. The team needs to contain complimentary skill sets and personalities.

Tony Malyk, Vancouver Business Performance Coach

Tony Malyk

Tony Malyk is a Certified Professional Business Coach and Business Value Accelerator specializing in improving profitability and increasing business value in the manufacturing, distribution, trades and technology sectors.