Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams
Applying Team Essentials™ to Create Effective Teams

Authors: Linda V. Berens, Linda K. Ernst, Melissa A. Smith
Format: Booklet (Saddlestitch)
Pages: 64
ISBN: 0-9743751-3-6
Publish Date: October 18, 2004

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As individuals, we are each complex and adaptable, and one’s behavior may not reflect natural preferences but rather the demands of the situation and the ways one has developed. This Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams is a booklet for those who want to maximize the performance of their team through a better understanding of the interrelated influences on team dynamics and team success. It is written to help create a multidimensional awareness of one’s contributions to a team and to give readers the tools to understand the talents, contributions, and perspectives of others.

This booklet describes the sixteen personality types within each of the Team Essentials™, including how they are likely to behave on a team, and offers suggestions for forging relationships and communicating effectively with each type. Worksheets are provided to help your team apply the basics of effective teamwork—Team Essentials™. Mapping the Team worksheets are provided to view team diversity using four different models: Type Preferences, Temperament, Interaction Styles, and Cognitive Dynamics. The booklet includes a comprehensive case study for each model, using an example of a project team to help teams get started.


“A thorough and systematic approach to looking at the mix of personalities on a team and its impact on some key components of success.”
—Gregory E. Huszczo
Author of Tools for Team Excellence and Tools for Team Leadership

“This book goes far beyond other publications in the field of type and teamwork. It encourages individuals in the team to examine the effect of their own preferences on the team, and the team collectively, to assess how they manage difference. It is a valuable workbook to stimulate discussion amongst team members on how they can operate more effectively as a team and drastically improve both team performance and individual fulfillment.”
—Steve Myers
Creator of the Management Team Role-indicator and
contributor to Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types in Organizations

“This is exactly what we have been waiting for, all of the elements of understanding your true self wrapped up in one document! This guide will help everyone enjoy the process of self-discovery that ultimately leads to a dynamic process of team discovery. As team members learn about the five essential issues that teams face, they can understand the true meaning of ‘high performing.’ This book facilitates an engaging journey that provides practical tools to develop relationships that will make any experience in teams a rewarding one.”
—Emily Lundi Mallett
OD Consultant, Beckman Coulter, Inc.

“This is an excellent guide for those organizations that value teamwork and value the personality differences that help a team perform beyond measure. The most valuable resource may well be the worksheets provided to help map teams in an effort to truly understand your team, its strengths and weaknesses, so that proper thought can be given to improving team function. I plan to use this material on a regular basis.”
—Pam Jenness
Vice President, Director of Training, Sedgwick CMS

“Quick Guide to the 16 Personality Types and Teams is an excellent resource for helping people understand themselves in relation to others and explore the implications of their personality type for working together in teams. Organized around five sets of questions that are basic to team functioning, it maintains a consistent concrete and practical focus on how to apply learning from psychological type to teamwork. All in all, the work considerably enriches the resources available for team building based on personality type.”
—Grady McGonagill
Principal, McGonagill & Associates and contributor to Executive Coaching


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