Amazing teams require all kinds! But having all kinds creates opportunities for members to be misunderstood.
So how do you get different personalities to stay on the same page working toward a common goal? In The Synergist: How to Lead Your Team to Predictable Success, Les McKeown argues that the key to teamwork is having a Synergist. This person is capable of seeing the bigger picture and helping blend different view points.
Let's take a look at some of the tools a Synergist uses to help their team succeed!
Natural Leadership Styles
First, let's take a step back and talk about leadership styles. There are three “natural” categories of leaders: Visionaries, Processors, and Operators.
If we boil it down to its simplest form, the Visionary has the idea, the Operator turns that into actionable tasks and the Processor monitors the system to make sure it is efficient.
When we look at it this way, it’s no wonder people get frustrated with one another! The Visionary loses focus when the Processor asks for details. The Processor is unnerved by the Operator's need to get things done quickly and the Visionary’s need for creative breaks frustrate the Operator.
What's a Synergist?
So how do organizations get past the triangle of diverse view points? Enter the Synergist, an individual capable of putting their own ego aside and interpreting many different working styles to promote what is best for the organization. A natural Synergist is rare but they do exist! Many of the skills they possess are learned from observation, mentors and self-awareness.
So what does the Synergist do?
The Recipe For A Great Team
Great teams require a diverse set of personalities and skill sets to get the job done. What makes some of us tick, frustrates others. The role of the Synergist is to see the entire picture and help the entire team communicate effectively.
The biggest thing to remember is that every single one of us is capable of acting as a Synergist.
We are all unique and posses strengths that can help organizations succeed. When we learn how to harness or strengths and master the skills that help facilitate teamwork, amazing things can happen!
What is your leadership style?