Building a team for your business or organization is a process that is very much like building a house. Team members are business tools, that when used properly will provide foundation and structure to your business blueprint. Choosing the right team members is as important as using the right materials in a construction project.
In looking at a blueprint for your fishbowl, the first step is to determine the compatibility of those you’re considering for your team. With all kinds of personality and leadership style indicators out there, I decided to use a simple system introduced to me by Toastmasters International They didn’t have a name for it, so I call it “Directional Communication” because every individual is defined as a NORTH, SOUTH, EAST or WEST.
Last week I posted some personality traits of a NORTH. (To determine if you are a NORTH, check last weeks post).
Today, we’re going to define the SOUTH personality type! If you like fairness and abhor injustice, then you are probably a SOUTH!
As with any of these systems, it is rare to be 100% of one type over another, but I suggest that you determine the type that you appear to be MOST apt to, MOST often. Let’s find out about the SOUTH type of personality:
South: The Nurturer
- Team player
- High value on fairness
The SOUTH personality has a great need to be liked by others.
Are you a SOUTH? Do you work on a team with someone who is a SOUTH? How do you have a successful outcome when working with a SOUTH?
Following are ways to best work with the SOUTH personality…
Keep the process in mind
The process is important to the South. A South must make sure that the right people are involved in making the decisions and implementing them. A South never wants to offend anyone, nor make waves, therefore they try hard to follow proper procedures and keep the process flowing smoothly.
Pay attention to your relationship with the South
Relationships are everything to a South. You can make mistakes in the project and they are totally forgivable as long you pay attention to the relationship. The South personality will overlook almost any shortcoming others have as long as there is genuine respect and concern for each team member.
Justify your decisions using values and ethics
A South will not go against his/her values and/or ethics, even if it means taking a personal hit. Integrity is the most important aspect of the South personality, and it guides them to do what they feel is right all the time. A South will quit a job, even while facing long bouts of unemployment if the organization they work for is not being congruent with the mission/vision/values it has espoused.
Appeal to the relationship the South has to others
South’s enjoy building personal relationships, and being part of connecting friends and team members to people they feel will get along well. There is nothing more rewarding to a South than matching people together who could benefit from one another’s experience and knowledge.
A South will often take a little more time to process information and make decisions (unless it is clearly in opposition to their values/ethics). The conversation taking place could be at step three, but the South is still thinking about step one trying to piece together a full picture.
As a result, the first thing a South may say to answer a question may not be his/her last word on the subject. This can be confusing for someone who hears what sounds like an answer, when it is really one statement towards a decision by a South.
Allow feelings and intuition in logical arguments
A South may understand logic, yet find it frustrating when a “gut feeling” is not allowed when making a decision. They may even feel that time spent thinking through a problem logically is wasted. When the South is free to make decisions from their heart, they will most often be right.
A South will often struggle with science and math, preferring subjects that allow more interaction and personal reflection instead.
Can’t say “no”—may be easily taken advantage of
A South often finds it hard to put themselves first, therefore when they are asked by someone they care about to perform a favor, they may not be able to see the added stress or detriment they are placing on themselves. The concept of saying no is absolutely foreign to a South.
If you care for a South, and you know that taking on another task may overburden them, be a good friend and don’t ask—that way they won’t have to say yes, because they won’t say no.
Provide positive reassurance—show appreciation
Gratitude is the language a South speaks. They may not be able to understand you if you don’t speak the same language. A South needs reassurance to feel appreciated and happy. They will demand that you show it to others as well!
There you have it. If you’re a SOUTH, then show me some love and speak up by posting a comment. C’mon, be a friend and help me out here. I sure would appreciate it!