Have you ever met someone who is simply “different than you?” Different people are not always easy to deal with. However, unique personalities make up our world. There are those who are very outgoing, those who are shy, those who are slow paced, and those who go at life wide open. The diversity of people and their character creates an expansive list.
One of the greatest challenges in developing a strong team, whether you are in business, a charity group, a volunteer organization, or a church is to appreciate the unique personalities of everyone you work with. This does not mean that you must completely agree with their opinions, nor do you have to find their personal characteristics pleasant.
Teamwork at its best is combining the diversity of varied personalities to create a unified working force. To do this, it would call on each team member to work with a few personal traits. Allowing someone who is “different” to be heard and not ignored is not always easy. It is kind of like brushing your teeth with the opposite hand you are accustomed to using. If you brush your teeth with your right hand, change hands and try doing it with the left hand. It will be awkward, uncomfortable, and might even damage your mouth. Change is not always easy.
Allowing unique personalities to express themselves and be a strong part of the team may not feel comfortable at times, but it will be a worthwhile action. Unique personalities will help any team because they can:
- Stimulate creativity for the group
- Open the minds of the entire team to new ideas
- Address subjects that would not be addressed without them on the team
Unique personalities can help create a very productive team. Have you every considered what type of team you would have in your business, volunteer group or church organization if every person were allowed to use their unique characteristics.
The Bible even gives an account of how important different and unique people are for the success of an entire group. The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Corinth:
Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:14-20)
The strength of unique personalities has been appreciated for centuries. Individuals help create a team that simply cannot be created without their diversity. Unique personalities make extremely strong teams.