Your work-style can change

In previous posts, I’ve made a fleeting reference to some of the founding principles we work to in our production of the reports based on our Personality Test. One of the key principles is to understand the report is not the end of the journey. People can make changes to their work-style behaviour, when motivated to do so. That’s the subject of today’s post, making the change, if you want to!

When we talk about making a work-style change there are a few things that need to be taken into account and these are as follows:

(1) The work-style will always be influenced by the baseline personality traits of the individual. So if somebody has a natural tendency to operate in a certain way, they can adapt that but can, and some would say will, revert to their default setting in certain circumstances. Effective management of the right actions and reactions in others is difficult to achieve, unless the manager or leadership, has a detailed knowledge of the individuals personality in work mode.

(2) Work-style change can be both negative and positive so as a leader you need to be thinking in both dimensions.

(3) Some people are more susceptible to both positive and negative influences from the outside and not always from the organisation or management but other work colleagues.

People will and can change their work-style behaviours for a variety of reasons but here are just a few that are often the cause of change and not only changes for the best.

  • Organisational Change
  • Personal Stress
  • Working outside comfort zone
  • Conflict with others
  • Feeling like you are not being taken seriously
  • Lack of knowledge
  • Lack of training
  • Conflicting culture
  • Conflicting Values or mission

The range and variety of these influencing factors is wide enough to write an entire series of books on the subject. It is simply not possible to cover everything in one post, but the guiding principle is people will influence those around them covertly, overtly, knowingly and unknowingly. The key for leadership is to understand the traits and how they can be used to create closer and more cohesive teams. Cohesive teams generate greater results.