In the dynamic landscape of the modern workplace, diversity is not just about visible differences; it extends to the varied ways individuals approach tasks, challenges, and interpersonal relationships.
Imagine a workplace where everyone thinks alike – it might sound harmonious, but would it be productive?
Let’s explore a fascinating analogy: personality shapes. No, we’re not delving into the realms of astrology; we’re talking about the diverse ways individuals navigate their professional lives, represented by different shapes: triangles, circles, squares, and squiggly lines.
Triangles: The Goal-Oriented Achievers
In every organization, there are individuals who resemble triangles. These are the goal-oriented achievers, always shooting for the stars. They’re the driving force behind innovation and progress, but their relentless pursuit of goals might leave a few bruised elbows in their wake.
Circles: The Peaceful Harmonizers
On the opposite end of the spectrum are circles, individuals who seek peace and harmony in the workplace. They’re the ones ensuring everyone gets along, planning birthday celebrations, company picnics, and holiday parties. While the workplace might be a fun place to be, the challenge lies in ensuring tasks actually get done.
Squares: The Process-Oriented Thinkers
If you’re looking for individuals who leave no stone unturned, meet the squares. Process-oriented and procedure-driven, squares ensure that every detail is meticulously managed. However, too many squares might result in a lack of innovative thinking and a failure to see beyond the established norms.
Squiggly Lines: Unleashing Creativity and Innovation
Enter the squiggly lines – the free thinkers and creative minds in the organization. They cannot be confined by boundaries and represent the force of innovation. However, managing a team full of squiggly lines might lead to overruns and challenges in meeting deadlines.
The Power of Diversity in Action
Imagine an organization dominated by triangles – innovation would be rampant, but completion might be elusive as everyone rushes toward the next big idea.
A workplace filled with circles would be delightful, yet productivity might take a back seat.
Squares would ensure meticulousness, but creativity might be stifled.
A team of squiggly lines promises innovation, but budget constraints might loom.
The Key is Balance
The key to a successful and dynamic workplace is balance. A diverse team that includes triangles, circles, squares, and squiggly lines ensures a holistic approach to problem-solving. It brings together different perspectives, ideas, and strengths, creating a synergy that propels the organization forward.
Identifying Your Shape and Embracing Differences
As you reflect on these shapes, consider which one resonates with you the most. Are you a goal-oriented achiever, a peace-loving harmonizer, a meticulous process-thinker, or a free-thinking innovator? Embrace your shape, but also appreciate and learn from the strengths of other shapes.
In the ever-evolving landscape of the workplace, acknowledging and celebrating diversity goes beyond just visible differences. Embracing the unique qualities of each individual, represented by our metaphorical shapes, can lead to a more innovative, dynamic, and successful organization. So, the next time you’re working on a project, look around – are there enough triangles, circles, squares, and squiggly lines to ensure a well-rounded and effective team?
Maria is a local government and corporate alum with Fortune 500 experience, and academia adventures that constitute a treasure trove of colorful experiences over 20 years. With a doctorate of management in organizational leadership, Maria works with local governments to create workplaces that attract and retain the best talent. Yes, she is the author of Love-Based Leadership: The Model for Leading with Strength, Grace, and Authenticity – and no, it is not a book about Kumbaya, puppies, kittens, or rainbows. Her latest book, A Course in Leadership: 21 Spiritual Lessons on Power, Love, and Influence was released in June 2021. Maria is a classic rock and Motown junkie who hopes to learn drums from Keith Moon and Benny Benjamin in Rock-N-Roll Heaven.