The project management team is composed of several personalities that the project manager should learn to manage in addition to the project itself. Indeed, nothing will get done without people in a project, thus, it pays to have a general idea of the team members’ unique personalities as well as how each one fits into the team and how their traits can be harnessed for its benefit. Keep in mind, too, that the project manager should clearly define the individual roles and responsibilities among team members while also emphasising teamwork, thus, contributing to effective and efficient results.

Types of Personalities in a Team

For a project management team, the following seven types of personalities should be in it for greater chances of success. Just remember that each one should work well with the others, too.

The Leader

The project manager should obviously be the leader of the team. He is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the project from day one as well as for facilitating communications, mediating conflicts, and delegating tasks, among others. He is essentially the person who keeps everyone on course.

The Team Player

Everybody should be team players because the team will get nothing worthy done when a single person refuses to cooperate with the rest of the team. The team player usually possesses enthusiasm to work with others for the common good, thus, their eagerness to cooperate, compromise and communicate with tact with the others.

The Researcher

Think of the researcher as the person who asks unexpected questions and gets appropriate answers that may well prevent future mistakes that can derail the project’s timeline and goals. He gets information that the others may not have the resources, guts and gumption to secure.

The Expert

While everybody on the team can be an expert on their specific professions, the best team usually has an expert on the highly technical matters that the others may not have the knowledge and skills for in the first place.

The Planner

Think of the planner as the person who will plan the project down to the smallest detail with the intention of achieving the right goals on the right time. His knowledge and skills are focused on planning strategies to ensure that the team members achieve cost-efficient and result-effective goals on time, perhaps even before the projected time.

The Creative

Creativity is a must even for technical projects. The creative individual in the team can provide fresh solutions and spins to issues that may have confounded the rest of the members.

The Communicator

This is the person who can effectively and efficiently communicate ideas, opinions and solutions to the team members while also persuading them to become more cooperative. His talent lies in his ability to network and to maintain a wide network for the team’s benefit.

While not every project manager can work with all seven types of personalities in a single project, you should initially assess each of the team member’s personality and then decide in the ways to harness their traits for the common good. You will likely end up with a well-rounded team that can work well toward a common goal.

Types of Personalities among Project Managers

The best project managers typically have these essential traits:

  • Leadership, which enables the team members to collaborate and cooperate for the common good under his guidance
  • Adaptable, which pertains to his ability to respect his team members’ opinion while also being able to communicate his opinions in a non-confrontational manner (read: persuasive)
  • Delegator, which allows him to delegate the tasks to his subordinates while trusting them to do their jobs
  • Detail-oriented, which refers to his ability to think about the bigger picture in relation to the smallest details
  • Visionary, which means he can plan into the future and achieve the goals
  • Resourceful, which pertains to his ability to find resources where there apparently was none
  • Creative, which refers to his natural talent from intuition especially when thinking outside of the box

What type of project manager are you? It depends on the quality and quantity of the abovementioned traits that you put into your job as project manager.

The Micromanager

With a highly detail-oriented approach coupled with low delegation level, the micromanager is likely a perfectionist who wants to know what each team member is working on, how each job is being performed, and when the results can be expected.

The Overachiever

With strong creativity, resourceful, and detail-oriented traits, the overachiever will do everything possible to meet and even exceed project expectations. Innovation is the name of the game so “good enough” in unacceptable.

The Superhero

With his strong leadership skills, the superhero/project manager always saves the day for the team members. This is especially true when everything seems to go awry for the rest but the project manager usually has the right solutions to their dilemma.

The Strategist

With his vision coupled with his strong skills in delegation, creativity and attention to details, the strategist has already planned every step of the project. He also knows the individual roles and responsibilities of the team members and expects them to follow through.

The Macromanager

The macromanager likes to delegate tasks to team members while also providing them with the appropriate guidance. He is also highly adaptable and creative while also being a visionary, thus, making him one of the well-loved types of project managers. As long as the project is going smoothly, the macromanager is happy.

The General

With his strong leadership skills, the general-cum-project manager requires his team members to execute tasks in a certain manner and to deliver results on time. His emphasis is on following the timeline and tasks in a precise manner, akin to being in the military.

The Mentor

The mentor-cum-project manager is the smart and wise one of the group who provides guidance including answers to team members, whether these are related to the project or not.

Now, take a hard look at yourself and see which type of project manager you are and then determine your room for improvement.