Networking and my Business – The Supporter

The final post in a series of five by ‘The Secret Mentor’.

To recap then, we have so far dealt with The Analyser, The Controller and The Promoter. Last and by no means least it is the turn of  The Supporter.

How to identify the Supporters traits:

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  • Adaptable to circumstances
  • Consistent in their approach
  • Willing to  compromise
  • Diplomatic

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  • Friendly and approachable
  • A tendency to be indecisive
  • Extremely patient
  • Usually reserved

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In networking scenarios with the Supporter it is not how much you know, but how much you care. They are great listeners and they’ll want to make sure that everyone will have a part to play in what you’re offering. They will want a quality relationship.

When it comes to being part of your team, remember they are motivated by wanting to help others and seeing others succeed. They can be indecisive at times, will almost always avoid confrontation and you’ll need to manage change carefully. They’ll be amongst the most loyal members of your team.

I hope you enjoyed this brief series, and you can find out more about Myers-Briggs here. I have only really scratched the surface of a much broader subject, but what I have shared has certainly helped me in the past and will do again in the future.

The idea is not to really ‘pigeon-hole’ people but to give general indicators of what can make certain people tick and to help you identify what the best approach may be to get your desired outcome.

Try this as your opening question when you first meet someone to try to quickly determine what their dominant personality trait is:

“What’s more important to you; the end result, having fun along the way, helping out or problem solving?”

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