How Personality Differences Can Cause Conflict, Even with Good Intentions

Common scenario: A person, with great intentions, reaches out to another person. This could be about a request, a project or even a discussion about a celebration. The communication is not received as it was intended, is responded to in haste, and a new conflict ensues.

Classic example: An introvert and an extrovert are working together on a project. Both are great employees who are productive, but their motivators and tendencies are slightly different. Introvert wants to work independently and get to work right away. Extrovert enjoys the people he/she works with and wants to relate to other co-workers to try and create a positive working environment. Introvert does not want to engage in personal conversation, which is interpreted as distracting from the project at hand. Extrovert takes Introvert’s reactions to casual conversation as a personal rejection. The communication exchanges for the project are now muddled by misunderstanding. Perceived conflict is as destructive as real conflict if it is not mitigated.

Profound Movement helps employers and employees take a deeper look at peoples’ motivators and tendencies based on basic personality styles.

Tools are provided to identify the different personality styles, understand them and communicate/motivate them most effectively. By understanding leadership and followership dynamic in personality traits, an organization can create a more accepting, harmonious and productive atmosphere.

Britt HyattComment