Personalities at Work

51NJzUH+r9L._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_SX225_SY300_CR,0,0,225,300_SH20_OU01_This week we are reading, Personality Plus at Work: How to Work Successfully with Anyone,  by Florence Littauer. Sandy read the original Personality Plus in 1991 and still finds it useful. She pulled it out recently and we decided to check for an updated version. We were happy to find a new version published in 2011 that deals with personalities at work. Many people don’t know the power of understanding personalities within organizations, but anyone who has worked in an office knows that working successfully with any type of personality is key to success.

Managers and leaders will especially appreciate the insights found in this book, but anyone who works with people will discover the benefits of understanding personality types. In the chapter that discusses personalities, Littauer describes four personality types:

  1. Sanguine
  2. Choleric
  3. Melancholy
  4. Phlegmatic

Littauer shares the strengths and weaknesses of each of the personality types and stresses that each type is vital to a good working community. She states, “each person is unique, unrepeatable, and worthy of love and respect. Each of us is a gift to our family, our workplace, and our community.” Littauer demonstrate how the understanding of one’s own personality style and those of coworkers can foster communication. Helpful charts depict each type’s emotional needs, their presentation style, personality problems, and what activities they do best. We found this book a great tool for anyone looking to improve self-understanding and work relationships.

Personality profiling is something we are very passionate about at Laser Focus Coaching. We have talked about the benefits of DISC before here and here.  Sandy is a Certified Personality Profile Analyst because she believes so strongly in understanding the workplace personalities and how they have an effect on success. Contact Sandy today to have a DISC assessment done for your staff. Learn why people do what they do and see an improvement in company communication. DISC will help individuals and teams develop self-awareness and it’s a great tool for managers who want to motivate their employees around their limitations.

I want to end with a quote of Littauer’s from the book:

“Success is not so much about power, control, or personal gain as it is being able to recognize, respect, and receive the gift of others, whether they are like you or not.”

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