People-Focused team members have a keen interest in maintaining harmony among members of the team. They also want to ensure that all voices are heard.
When working with a team, People-focused team members are diligent about hearing from everyone. They have an intense desire to make others feel included and valued. People-focused team members will often implement strategies that enhance overall team engagement.
Inventive team members might prioritize wanting to be liked over getting the team to the outcome. This is especially problematic for teams when the People-focused team member is responsible for leading an initiative or holding others accountable. Patience with and consideration of others can hold the team back, if dominant personalities or detractors are tolerated for too long.
Build Team Excellence
Teams can rely on People-focused team members to negotiate intra-team dynamics and champion the strengths of other team members. People-focused team members are skilled at finding and leveraging connections between individuals on a team. Capitalize on their positive energy when the team faces a barrier or setback. Keep these team members oriented and aiming at larger team goals and tasks by assigning them specific responsibilities.
Your enthusiasm and consideration of other team members can overshadow the larger team mission. Challenge your tendency to be diplomatic by making and clearly communicating a firm decision the next time your team faces an important choice. This does not mean that you will not listen to all perspectives and options, but it does require you to prioritize and trust your own inclinations to support quick, forward movement as a team.