Team performance and group dynamics are influenced by many factors, such as the larger context in which the team operates, the organisation, the team identity itself, and the mix of individuals within the team.
The kind of organisation, such as business, government, or non-profit, along with the organisational culture will influence the team functioning just as much as the division of the organisation such as sales, research, operations, etc.
Within this mix of influences are the individual team members who likely have specific kinds of work to perform and specific roles on the team. Individual members influence the team dynamics as well, so much so that when the composition of the team changes, the team dynamics will change. Team members are individuals first, and they each bring different talents, perspectives, values, and experiences to the work of the team. The more self-awareness each team member has, the more actively he or she can contribute. The more each team member knows about the other team members, the better they can tap into the talents and experiences of others for better team performance.
What’s personality got to do with it?
This essential involves the key aspects of relationships and communication. Individuals of different personality types are unique in the ways they build relationships and deal with conflict. When we try to forge better relationships, we can easily do something that undermines the relationship instead of improving it if we don’t take these differences into account. Personality differences show up in how we tend to communicate as well as how we like to be communicated with.
Effective teamwork starts with understanding ourselves and ways we are different from others. When we know our own value to the team, we are in a better position to value and capitalise on the contributions of those who are different from us. We are also better able to think in terms of the team as a unit, instead of only our own interests-to move from “I” to “we.”
Using the Myers-Briggs Type Personality Indicator (MBTI) as a tool for understanding personality and how it affects our communication within a team, we work with teams to explore how each type is likely to behave and how to harnass the strengths of each type so as to contribute to greater team cohesion and productivity. As we looked at the sixteen personality types and teamwork, we were aware that an overly stereotypic view of personality type and teams can decrease team functioning instead of enhancing it. We encourage you to keep in mind the interrelated influences on team dynamics and to remember that we are each complex and adaptable. Our behaviour may not reflect our natural preferences, but instead, the demands of the situation and the ways we have developed.
If you would like to know more about our team performance services contact Natalie today on 0417 916 415 or email us.