Most of us understand that people have different types of personalities.  However, we seem to have a very narrow understanding of different types of work.  There’s no one-way, all-or-nothing lens to look at work performance.

The most well-balanced teams are made of varying types of workers.  The most well-balanced organizations confidently embrace people who work differently and know how to optimize those working styles.

That being said, which one are you?

Doing

These are the executors.  They have the tasks, to-do lists, projects, and come alive as the items are tackled and completed.  Doers usually have an intense level of focus and eye for detail with what they’re working on.

However, they can be so focused on what they’re doing that they forget to communicate what they’re doing.  They may have a tendency to start tasks with little forethought and preparation.

Leading

These are the people who create and inspire vision.  Leaders are captivating, and you can’t help but listen, admire and follow them.

Since they have such a broad spectrum of ideas that they want to be executed, Leaders can be slightly detached.  Because they’re leading the ship, they might forget to check in with the people they’re guiding.

Loving

Lovers build relationships.  They work to maintain the teams’ strength in unity and thrive in a sense of harmony.  People like this are sensitive and empathetic; they are very tuned in to the pulse of their fellow teammates.

Without proper faciliataion however, Lovers can get lost in making people feel good and not produce “tangible” work.

Learning

These are your engineers.  They love getting new information and diligently understanding the ins and outs of a problem.

Without the help from a Doer, Lover, or Leader, the strategic mind of a Learner wouldn’t get much done.  In order for their detailed plans to be executed, they need a team ready to put it into action.

As you can see, everyone has unique strengths that are only magnified when they are properly aligned with other people’s strengths.  There isn’t one way to look at work performance because, as you can see, work performance differs from person to person. Tap into your unique contributions and do what brings out your best.