5. Read

Here’s a great article from a business magazine, describing five personalities that a manager should want on their team.

a. Each person in the class should read about one of these characters (if you’re working alone or in a smaller group then you’ll need to read about 2-3 characters). When you finish reading, tell your classmates why this character is important and what advantages they bring to the team.

b. Read the whole text. Which character:

  • (i) is good at making links between parts of the organisation?
  • (ii) can make people rethink a poor decision?
  • (iii) is able to relate new decisions to past experiences?
  • (iv) tends to take a positive approach to new things?
  • (v) can sometimes respond negatively to change?
  • (vi) is very good at the practical side even if they don’t understand the process?
  • (vii) tends to be unrealistic?

Answers: here.

c. Further questions to discuss:

  • (i) Do any of these characters have a similar purpose to the five categories that Alain de Botton listed?
  • (ii) Would you change any of the characters here in order to create your own ‘dream team’?
  • (iii) What can a business or organisation do to try and make sure that each team contains the perfect balance of personality types?

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