The 6 Types of Working Genius® is a framework that combines personality and productivity by describing the Three Stages of Work and two components (Geniuses) for each: Ideation, Activation, and Implementation. These three Stages, although required in the completion of all work, present varying challenges simply because of who we are. As leaders, especially, our Working Geniuses can have profound impact on our teams and affect their productivity, engagement, and job satisfaction.
The best leaders are self-aware leaders. As a result, they surround themselves with people who can fill their own gaps and they are effective at tapping into those Geniuses. When working with The 6 Types of Working Genius®, here are four questions for leaders to consider:
- How do Leaders leverage/regulate Their Working Geniuses?
Leaders who use their Working Genius well can recognize where the influence of their Geniuses are most beneficial to the team and where they may cause confusion or frustration. They also have awareness around when they shouldn’t use their Genius. Leaders can learn to regulate their Geniuses by considering where they are in the Stages of Work, determining which Geniuses are needed for that stage, and communicating with others when they use their Geniuses.
- How do Leaders tap into others to fill gaps?
Tapping into others to fill gaps requires knowing which Geniuses are on the team, what Stage of Work they’re in, and which Geniuses are called for at that stage. Then leaders can tap into those Geniuses to contribute.
- HOW DO LEADERS APPRECIATE/REWARD OTHERS?
We can sometimes over-value people who share our same Genius, but all six Geniuses are required to get successful work done. This model elevates every Genius and helps leaders recognize and celebrate others for their unique contributions.
- How do Leaders lead meetings?
Leaders have at least a 2x impact on their teams, so it’s especially critical for leaders to know their Genius and how it impacts meetings. This enables them to regulate well during meetings and tap into the appropriate Geniuses of others.