Social Styles And Working with Others

I’ve always believed my success will always depend on the ability to work well with others. Not that knowledge is less important, but learning to be unique and developing good relationships with your peers will always take you far. Therefore, I thought it was important for me to learn  more about the four different types of people and how their behavior affects others in the workplace. In my opinion, learning to relate each social style can be beneficial to forge the best work relationships, and the starting point to leadership effectiveness.  According to Ericka Andersen’s book, What Are Social Styles;  It all started in the 1960s when two industrial psychologists named Roger Reid and David Merill, focused on Carl Jung’s theories, and worked together to find out behavioral styles to create highly effective managers through behavioral assessments. They were unsuccessful in these findings, however, they learned that by assessing people through assertiveness, responsiveness, and versatility they would be  able to tell how a person would likely approach tasks, build relationships with others, what their interpersonal strengths and weaknesses would be, and how that person would need to be managed as well as managed others.

I learned about the four different social styles and none of which is worst or better than any other style: Analytical, amiable, expressive, and driver. Based on people’s feedback throughout the years I realized my style is expressive. I feel good being enthusiastic, creative, and fun; to me all these are positive traits, but I also needed to learn the negative aspects of my style to help me understand and work better with others. I do prefer a small talk and a good laugh about a topic, rather  than controlling my emotions or not show sensitivity towards others.  In order to improve our relationships we don’t need to lose our essence or stop being sensitive about certain opinions. Drivers and analytical people  tend to appear more serious, however, different styles can produce the same results.

Therefore, we should excel in knowing who we really are instead of trying to be who we are not.  We’ll have to understand  and manage ourselves in order to understand and manage others. After identifying our style then we have to identify other’s in order to predict the best form of communication between the two, avoid possible conflicts, and provide some flexibility. We all need to rely on others: Managers, peers, suppliers, and more.  All day we have to communicate with others on the job in order to get results from them. The main benefit or learning each other styles is to learn to treat people how you would like to be treated. Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, courtesy and acceptance regardless of their social style or personality, and do what is appropriate in any given situation or role, either to influence, facilitate, or add value to the organization we need to strive to be honest to our true-self and others, as combining integrity, adaptability and good communication is essential to become an effective leaders and role models.

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