4 Qualities of an Exceptional Team
Updated: May 22, 2019
Sure, we are all different. However there are some areas of similarity that can contain specific types of people.
I've listed out four (4) specific personality types.
I first learned of this personality type ranking from Marc Acceta. He designates each personality type with a colors. Yellow, Green, Blue and Red.
1) Yellow. Easily the most personable among the four types, ‘yellow’ types are extremely loyal and are very good team players. They value honesty and integrity and are very family-oriented. This is largely the reason why they prefer to follow ethical leaders. They love all forms of life and are very environmentally conscious, thus making them great outdoors people. They try to avoid conflicts and confrontations as much as possible and usually take on the role of a peacemaker in dire situations. They love to support charities and other worthy causes, thus impelling them to dislike greedy and materialistic people. They are also creative, expressive, and unpretentious.
2) Green. People in this category are rational and calculated thinkers. They try to research exhaustively before deciding on something and refrain from making rash decisions. They are natural cynics and are usually skeptical of other people’s motives; probably because they do not trust their intuition as much as established facts. As a result, they are very realistic and they possess a proclivity toward prejudging people. They are also systematic and pedantic, sometimes necessitating guidelines by which they can abide to. They are also notorious for being emotionally detached.
3) Blue. Fun-loving, bright, spontaneous, and generally jovial, ‘blue’ people are the type that “lives for the moment.” They are extremely sociable and outgoing and like to be out in the sun. They prefer to follow strong leaderships and are willing to cooperate as long as they get treated nicely. On the downside, they tend to be forgetful and are usually not mindful of their time. Due to their spontaneity, they are impulsive buyers and as a result, spend their money freely. People under this category are also travelers and adventurers
4) Red. Confident, challenge-oriented, competitive—these are probably the three most appropriate adjectives to describe ‘red’ individuals. They tend to hang out with fellow achievers, despite their many insecurities and their strong desire for approval. They are also known for being good decision-makers. On the other hand, they can be short with people and prefer to be in the VIP section. This does not make them particularly good team players.
“Together Everyone Achieves More”
Easier Said than Done
Getting a team to work together in harmony is always harder that it seems, and here's why.
The first challenge is REDs want to dominate and conquer. That does not sit well with GREENs and YELLOWs. Although I think BLUEs will tolerate the REDs and work towards changing the "war" into a "game" instead.
The next challenge is BLUEs are almost always looking to have fun. This may be perceived from the GREENs and the YELLOWs as not being serious enough.
The GREENs are wanting everyone to be included and happy. This will be perceived as a "weakness" by the REDs and the BLUEs.
The YELLOWs may appear very shy and in public it may not look like they are doing any thing. But get them by themselves, they probably move the needle more than the REDs or the BLUEs do with the back and forth games of compete and conquer.
The Bright Side
In the business world, we need all these personality types. Each style has a specify role to play that is a perfect match for their personality type.
The YELLOWs are great at research and compiling information.
The GREENs are the front line. They are kind and welcoming.
The BLUEs are relationship builders.
The REDs are the closers.