A guide to working with others (Part Three)

A guide to working with others (Part Three)

This post is but one of a four-part series that focuses on how to deal with others based on the predominant trait of their personality. These four traits include D (Dominance), I (Influence), S (Steadiness), or C (Conscientiousness), and each person has a mixture of all four types of personality traits.

Since 1972, organisations in every sector around the world have been using the D I S C personality assessment to gain valuable information about the needs and desires of their staff members. The data that is collected gives insight into factors that motivate their members, allowing organisations to encourage better communication and relationship building.

As bonds between colleagues develop and strengthen in this atmosphere of greater understanding, conflict is reduced and efficiency, productivity and collaboration can increase.

Today’s post looks at working with someone you has an “S” personality.

How an “S” boss or colleague works and thinks

A boss or colleague with an “S” personality is often seen as friendly and amiable.

They generally tend to favour using cooperation to achieve tasks. They are viewed as being calm, deliberate and consistent. They value providing support to others and are often seen as passive, as they prefer to avoid direct confrontations and other conflict.

Bosses and colleagues with “S” type personalities tend to lead in one of the following three leadership styles:

What makes “S” profiles tick

“S” bosses are often viewed as both patient and sincere, which, in turn, can generate loyalty from other team members. On the other hand, “S” type bosses can be a bit too laid back, submissive and easy going.

They may resist confronting underperforming members whose actions threaten the effectiveness of the department as a whole. This is because they prefer to maintain the status quo rather than risk open conflict.

What you can do to make your job easier

If you are new to the job and need a lot of coaching and guidance, you will probably enjoy working with an “S” type boss as they can be less demanding than other personality types.

They will enjoy guiding and supporting you as you are learning the ropes.

Because of their gentle, easy-going nature, they can be taken advantage of by less scrupulous co-workers. You may have to take on the hard task of directly addressing others when there is a personality conflict between you and someone else in your company rather than relying on your boss to go to bat for you.

While an “S” boss is very tolerant, they also value people who they feel that they can trust and depend upon. Employees that under promise and over deliver when making commitments and deadlines will do better than those who let them down, time after time.

How to approach difficult conversations

If you must have a serious discussion or similarly awkward type of conversation with your “S” type boss or colleague, it is important that you avoid being too aggressive or rude. An “S” type boss values those who show concern for them, their feelings and the feelings of others.

If you find that you disagree in the course of action that you believe your boss or colleague should take, make certain that you let them know beforehand that you respect their opinion despite your disagreement.

How to win “S” profiles over

The following are some strategies to help you gain the support of your “S” type boss or colleague.

  1. Remain patient and calm when making presentations in meetings, or otherwise conversing with them and others in your organisation. Displaying manners, common courtesy, respect and concern for others will go a long way in gaining their support.
  2. If you are introducing a new idea that represents a significant change from the standard way that things have “always been done”, reassure them as best you can. This will help quiet any concerns and fears by pointing out the positive aspects and improvements in the lives of others the change will bring about.
  3. Provide clarification and detail about what you expect or need from your boss, as they tend to dislike ambiguity in any form. Always do it in a warm, gentle and polite way rather than using confrontation or focusing on negative consequences when making a request.

Discovering your specific D I S C personality can provide you with valuable tools to help you better manage your working relationships. Take the test here to learn the unique personality traits that impact how you view the world and interact with others.

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