When you get into a team, the key thing to note is how any team becomes a reflection of its leader! This could be a small project team or a larger organizational department or even an organization that reflects the principles of its CEO and Board.
What is key here is that every team has its own dynamics. For e.g. if it is a small project team or a transient team which has been put together towards accomplishing some specific goal- i.e. A short-term project team, then in that case- coherence of its members is very key. Where there is not coherence with the members and the Project Leader, you will often find that there are un-happy people or that they refuse to accept the project manager as their leader and so on…
Coherence is not about about individuals having a good or bad personality. Different people have different styles. It is true that at a professional level, we are expected to deal and work well with all kinds of people, but the reality is that- it is not always true.
Workplace conflicts are even more apparent than between friends and unlike in a personal scenario where people at times back down to save the relationship, in professional situations, people back down only because they need to (maybe in a lower organizational position). This in turn leads to resentment and sooner or later and in outright or less-obvious way, it is going to get expressed- which may not be for the betterment of an organization.
All organizations should, but particularly if you are a smaller company, then make it a point to hire people based on coherence of your organizational culture. People can be taught techniques and methodologies, but you cannot change a person’s intrinsic personality (nor should you, since they are entitled to be who they choose to be).
But hiring based on coherence will allow you to develop and grow your teams, their capabilities in a manner which is not only beneficial to that specific individual, but also for your organization as a whole. You will find that your people feel better engaged and this in turn will help to build organizational-loyalty, which is starting to be a dying trait!
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