Have you ever noticed that different types of motivation works better for different people?
That’s because everyone has different priorities based on their personality.
While that makes motivation seem impossible, there is a solution.
Use motivation that speaks to each person’s personality in some way.
How do you do that?
Let’s find out!
Best types of motivation for the driven personality
This personality likes to be in charge.
They don’t have to be in charge of everything, although it might seem like it if they are out of balance.
They do, however, need some control and a few other things”
- Variety – This personality type thrives on change and can do it quickly. In fact, the mundane details suck the life out of them.
- Recognition for hard work and space to work uninterrupted.
- Leadership opportunities – These people will take charge when others don’t or won’t. To develop their leadership skills, challenge them to see the leadership qualities in others.
- Challenge – More than any other personality type, these people need and thrive on challenge, whether it’s a sales competition, a project deadline or developing a new skill. They are excellent problem solvers and enjoy being an authority on a subject.
- Risk taking – Especially when challenged, these people will take risks because they believe there is no reward without risk, and they are absolutely ok with that.
- Decision making opportunities – Give these people a choice, and they are motivated to act. Something to remember, though. If you don’t accept the decision, you lose their trust, and it is difficult to win it back.
Do you know anyone who these types of motivation apply to?
Best types of motivation for the Inspired personality
These people love to have fun and basically be the official or unofficial morale officer of the office.
They love people and probably know everyone in the company, including the cleaning crew and delivery people.
What motivates them?
- Acceptance – They like other people and want others to like them. As a manager, they find inspiration as a One Minute Manager.
- Freedom from details – They are truly big picture people so if you want them to attend to details, give them a checklist.
- Create a friendly environment or encourage them to help develop that.
- Encourage regularly -This personality type thrives on encouragement. Be liberal with it.
- Short term versus long term – Short term works better than long term with these people. On a long term project, break the tasks into short term items to prevent project overwhelm.
- Likability – They want to be the co-worker/leader people like. They love sharing the good news.
- The fewer the rules the better – While the driven personality will break the rules if they feel it’s necessary, the I type will probably not read them, so the fewer the rules, the better.
- Freedom – Micromanaging strangles them. Give them the freedom to get the job done.
- Public recognition – This is one of the best ways to motivate the Inspired personality to do more because they truly love being recognized publicly for a job well done.
Do you know anyone who would benefit by these types of motivation?
Best types of motivation for the Security seeking personality
The Security seeking personality is the ultimate team player.
Although they may not seek out recognition or leadership, their contribution cannot be overstated.
- Stability – This personality type loves knowing what’s coming. If you want their best efforts, keep course changes to a minimum.
- Support – These people enjoy serving others as long as that isn’t a constantly changing situation.
- Slow start – This personality type generally does not like change so new projects are a challenge for them.
- No aggression – This person wilts under aggressive people and will leave the situation rather than take on the aggressive person.
- Appreciation – Telling this person quietly how much you appreciate their efforts will inspire them to do so much more.
- Routine procedures – They hate failing people and need to know what the penalty of failing to follow through is.
- Quiet – They prefer one to one interaction and struggle with large groups. Putting them on the spot in a large group never goes well with this personality type.
- Teachable – This personality type likes to support the team and will do everything they can to follow directions and finish well. Make that easy to do and everyone wins.
Do you know anyone these types of motivation apply to?
Best types of motivation for the Cautious personality
While the Driven and Inspired personality types struggle with details, the Cautious personality thrives on them.
Very little slips by this personality type, and they take pride in attending to the details, which becomes problematic when they forget about the big picture.
The good news is that when they work with a big picture person, the results of any project can be amazing.
So how do you motivate the C personality?
- Quality – They detest shoddy work, but can take something good and make it better.
- Serious – They take themselves and their work seriously and have no need for silliness. Dragging them into it is fruitless.
- Details – They love them and will give you all you want and more, especially if you like charts and graphs. When setting expectations, they prefer step by step directions and will create them if necessary.
- Logic – Emotion is generally not their thing where work is concerned.
- Creativity – Although quite logical, they enjoy finding creative solutions to particularly difficult problems.
- Assurance – They want to do relevant work. Show them the importance of their work, and they will give you their best effort.
- Organization – Messes mess them up. They think and work better when their space is organized.
- Standards – They set extremely high standards for themselves and others.
- Limited change – This personality type tends toward perfectionism so constant changes stress them. A routine always helps them do their best work.
- Commendation – Criticism is crippling for this personality type. They don’t need personal affirmation, but thrive when commended about their excellent work.
Do you know anyone who could use these types of motivation?
To learn more about personalities and how to motivate them
When you understand your personality type and the personality type of others, you can live your best life and help others live theirs.
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