Getting to Know Your Communication Style

Posted by HRDQ on 02/22/2019 to Communication Styles

Why Communication Styles are so Important

Knowing your communication style is essential. If you are aware of it, navigating the complex work world will become easier and you are likely to be more successful. You will be able to identify others’ communication styles and deal with them accordingly as you problem solve at work.

It goes without saying that excellent communication is important in the workplace. Team members need to work together and communicate effectively in order to meet goals and provide value to the organization. Having an effective communication style will help.

There are four distinct aspects of communication:

  • Verbal – the words used to communicate.
  • Paraverbal – the manner used to communicate meaning, such as tone and inflection.
  • Body language – the way people use their bodies to communicate, such as the way they shake hands or maintain eye contact.
  • Personal space – interpersonal distance, or one’s preferred physical space in relation to others, as well as one’s appearance and arrangement of their work or home spaces.

To bring about meaningful improvements in communication skills, the best way to begin is to build a better understanding of the types of communication: personal communication styles and their effects on other people. The four communication styles are:

  1. Direct. People who take charge, in control, competitive, fast-paced, authoritative, leaders.
  2. Spirited. People who are enthusiastic, friendly, motivators, high-profile, decision makers.
  3. Considerate. People who are warm, counseling, cooperative, reliable, caring.
  4. Systematic. People who are accurate, objective, factual, organized, problem solving.

Learn more about these communications styles and how to work with others’ styles with HRDQ’s “What’s My Communication Style” tool. Participants will be able to identify a preference for one of four communication styles, uncover the characteristics of each style, discover how style affects communication, learn how to "speed read" a person's dominant communication style and understand how to "flex" their own style for effective communication with others. Learn more here: