Supporters are the best people managers but don’t expect them to come up with the plan themselves. Build a plan and set goals with a Supporter, then allow them to lead the team towards the plan. Let them establish their own management style and their own agenda. Always provide them with an environment of fun, variety and celebration.
Supporters are outgoing, loyal and fantastic networkers. Their value is in the relationships they create and their enthusiasm. Left to themselves, however, they can be indecisive and become lost, like fire without wood. But when given the opportunity to build their own team, the team can outpace, outsmart and outperform the most quick-witted competitor.
To get the most out of Supporters in your team, put them in positions in which they build trust most – via their communication talents. Support them in other areas, including creative strategy, service and detail. Allow them the space to develop flow through making connections and allow them the freedom to grow the team and nurture partnerships.
Supporters are hands-on, people-based connectors, who inspire loyalty and motivate others. They like being out front and communicate best through casual conversation; they bring concepts to life through stories and participation. Help them get in their flow by showing appreciation for what they do and give them a chance to appreciate and value others.