Ever found yourself enjoying being with those who think and act like you do or been with people who are so opposite of how you would act or even process information and ask yourself, “What is wrong with them?”

Do you find certain personalities just downright abrasive or rude? Have you been in a meeting and found that there are one or two people who just never seem to participate or speak up?

Have you been inspired by a visionary who has so much confidence, strength, determination and conviction that you wouldn’t hesitate to follow their lead? Ever been in a large group of people and in walks that high energy, congenial, enthusiastic and charismatic individual that captivates everyone in the room?

These are some of the beautiful talents and difficult challenges we have in our different personality types. Dr. Hartman in his book People Code describes the strengths and limitations of four basic personality types. Here is the beauty of what his years of experience and research have found.

We are born with our personalities, and we can all possess strengths and limitations from each of the four colors of the color code. We are 100 percent responsible for our behavior, and through self-awareness and self-management have the ability to improve our emotional intelligence.

Leading a Team of Many Colors

Because each personality has a dominant color that determines their driving core motive, with unique strengths and limitations, incorporating diversity from each of the colors, elevates the capabilities of the team as a whole. As we embrace these differences, respecting that individual’s process differently and are more capable in specific areas, provides the team with the ability to give responsibilities to members in the area of their expertise. This requires an education in third phase of emotional intelligence (EQ): social awareness.

As team members gain respect for the different personality traits, they gain in adapting from a self-serving approach to a selfless approach. This changes how they communicate because they choose to adopt styles that are more comfortable for others, improving and developing improved relationships – which is step four in the EQ process.

If you are in a leadership role, and seeking to improve communication on your team, know which person to assign key roles/responsibilities for strategic projects. Want to see creativity, excellence in the overall performance of the team and increase profits and revenue? Here are several recommendations:
  • Incorporate the Color Code Interpersonal Skills Workshop – to increase self awareness and self management throughout your organization.
  • Distribute Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry & Jean Greaves to your team and encourage they take the assessment.
  • Read Primal Leadership by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee.
  • Watch the movie Burnt. It's a great movie that demonstrates how much we need others.
  • Plan quarterly meetings to access the team’s EQ improvements and continue to engage in a process of learning and self-evaluation.
Contact us for more information on the Color Code Interpersonal Skills Workshop and other assessment tools.