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You Must Know Your Team to Lead Your Team

June 8, 2020

By: Tonya DeVane

As a leader, you’re expected to achieve company goals by effectively utilizing your most valuable resource - your team. So, how do you unlock their potential and guide them towards success? Honestly, you need to know your team to lead your team.

Getting to know your team on a deep level can take years of discussion and observation. But, it doesn’t have to work that way. You can learn all you need to know quickly by using a behavioral assessment.

What is a Behavioral Assessment?

A behavioral assessment is a tool used to measure an employee’s personality traits as they relate to expected job performance. This form of assessment will give you critical insight into what makes each employee tick. The knowledge gained will enable you to form and leverage highly effective teams that achieve great results.

While data from a behavioral assessment can help you handle every part of the employee life cycle, let’s take a look specifically at how the results can impact the way you  train, communicate, and lead.

How Results Improve Your Training

The behavioral assessment results will reveal both your employees’ strengths and potential challenge areas. While you should always cater to their strengths, knowing where they can improve facilitates the creation of personalized development plans

You’ll also learn how they process and adapt to new information, which informs the method and pace you should use to effectively train them. Incrementally, you can help each employee grow professionally and add more value to your team.

Results in Action: Training a Remote Workforce

When your team isn’t in the office, and training needs to be conducted virtually, the behavioral assessment data will help you make decisions such as:

  • What topics to feature on upcoming webinars
  • The amount of information to pack into each training
  • The length of each webinar
  • Whether to offer the training live or as a recording
  • How much time employees have to complete the training

How Results Shape Your Communication Style

The behavioral assessment results will tell you exactly how you should tailor your communication style to each employee. You’ll know if they respond better to facts and figures, or if they’re more captivated by personal stories and emotional appeals. You’ll also have a sense of how much information they can handle at one time and what support they’ll need to process it. 

In addition, and perhaps most importantly, you’ll understand how they handle stress. That means, you can craft your message so that it provides the necessary information and avoids overwhelming them.

Results in Action: Communicating with a Remote Workforce

You need to communicate with your remote employees as much as you would if they were in the office, perhaps moreso. The results from their behavioral assessments will help you determine:

  • What information to include in your communication
  • How much data to share at one time
  • How to focus your message (more statistics vs. more stories)
  • Which communication method to use (phone, email, video chat, text, etc.)
  • How to deliver difficult messages

How Results Guide Your Leadership

The behavioral assessment results will help you get the most out of your team. You’ll have a clear understanding of what drives each employee, how fast they work, and if they’re a rule follower or a rule stretcher.

You’ll also understand how much recognition to give them and how much oversight they require to get the job done. In addition, you’ll know how they interact with people, making it easier to facilitate collaboration with other employees that have complementary work styles.

Results in Action: Leading a Remote Workforce

Your remote employees need an effective leader that encourages and empowers them to accomplish the company’s objectives. The behavioral assessment results will help you:

  • Motivate each employee
  • Assign tasks
  • Set project deadlines
  • Effectively praise employees
  • Avoid micromanaging your team

Leaders: Assess Yourself

If you want to be the best leader possible, you need to have a deep understanding of your own personality traits. When you think about yourself, you’ll naturally have some blindspots. Using an objective measure like a behavioral assessment will give you a clear and true picture of your leadership strengths, opportunities for improvement, and general tendencies. The bottom line: by really tuning in to who you are, you’ll be better able to understand and guide others.

How Omnia Can Help

What we’ve covered here is just the tip of the iceberg. An Omnia behavioral assessment will provide you with a full understanding of each employee’s personality -- including your own! That understanding is the key that unlocks your team’s potential, driving your workforce to higher levels of success.

The Omnia behavioral assessment is easy to implement. Employees simply take an inventory of themselves by using an adjective checklist. Next, our analysts will create a detailed report discussing each employee’s results and what they mean for you as a leader. Then, all you’ll need to do is act on the insight, and watch your team become stronger than ever.

Final Thoughts

Whether your workforce is remote, in the office, or a mix, you need to truly know each employee in order to effectively lead them. An Omnia behavioral assessment will give you the knowledge that you need quickly and easily. That way, you can connect with your team on a deep level and successfully fulfill the company’s mission together.

Tonya DeVane

Tonya DeVane joined The Omnia Group as a Client Advisor in September 2008. Tonya helps business owners and managers select top talent, manage more effectively and build high-performance teams using behavioral assessment tools and concepts. She provides guidance to hundreds of businesses in a wide range of industries, including insurance, financial services, automotive, staffing and healthcare. She trains and develops sales staff, conducts onsite training/workshops, and regularly facilitates webinars. Tonya holds a degree in Human Service Counseling and a certification in Human Resource Management. For more information, email info@omniagroup.com or call 800.525.7117.

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