The Diva is one of the toughest peers. Lack of criticism combined with a lot of sensitivity make this a biting time bomb in the office.

Just 33% of all employees enjoy the luxury of working in a single office. The rest splits the workplace with at least one other person. Looking at his work colleagues once more, one quickly realises that there are many different characters in the office. While some work for themselves, others need the undivided attention of all those present. Like the self-proponent, the Diva also likes to be at the centre of the action.

Characteristics of the Diva

First of all, the female character Diva does not mean that only women can be assigned to this type of colleague. There are also male representatives of these “species”. Regardless of gender, the Diva can be characterised as follows: the diva loves it when everything revolves around it and gets the attention of everyone else. This egocentrism ensures that it is very similar to the self-proponent, but with this faithfully follows the motto ‘there could only be one of a kind’.

Furthermore, this is an extremely sensitive and emotional colleague type, who must always be treated with velvet gloves. This is particularly clear when it comes to the subject of criticism. The Diva can not handle this at all! In addition, noise, warmth, cold, hunger, thirst, a sleepless night, annoying customers – in short, everything – can cause the Diva’s mood to tilt in seconds.

The search for recognition and the attitude of being infallible are the reason why the Diva is always a bit ‘better’ than the others. If she did, she would have been promoted. In her opinion, she should take over the project management – after all, she is the only one with the required qualifications. In other words, a lack of self-assessment is just as much a characteristic of the diva as a permanent degradation of the colleagues. You probably already guessed it: here, the potential conflict lurks in all its glory!

At the same time, it is also clear that the Diva is only conditionally capable of working in a team – certainly not if they subordinate themselves and leave others the precedent. Even worse, they realise it only when they meet another Diva. For the rest of the workforce, the following applies: heads down! there might be shrapnel flying. Since the Diva is an incredibly dominant, but also vulnerable, character, she does not tolerate any competition. Staffing staff who attach great importance to a balanced working environment should therefore always ensure that the divisions are strictly separated from each other.

Diva at a glance

  • Egocentric
  • Dominant
  • Emotional
  • Quickly in a bad mood
  • Addicted to attention
  • Extremely sensitive
  • Vulnerable
  • Deals poorly with criticism
  • Is extremely convinced of his / her ‘infallibility’
  • Can be difficult to subordinate
  • Is only conditionally team-capable

How to deal with the Diva?

As already mentioned above, dealing with the Diva requires a lot of sensitivity. A wrong word and it could turn out that this fellow person loses it! If you want to criticise the Diva, it definitely needs some planning. If you want to limit the damage, you can relativize the criticism by showing the Diva what she has done well first. This method may not be described as valuable, but it is the best way to ensure a pleasant working atmosphere.

If it is a question of solving a task in the team, it is recommended to separate the Diva and put her in charge. Then, she feels affirmative feedback and does not create problems. If decisions are to be made, however, her decisions must be accepted by others. Teamwork always implies democracy. A dictator like the Diva has “unfortunately” has bad cards.

In general, you can best ignore Diva and not pay attention. By denying the Diva attention, you will be able to observe how her position is becoming weaker and may eventually flicker out altogether. But, be careful: A moment at the centre of the action and the Diva is back in form.

To summarise, the Diva in its purest and most intense form for office colleague types. However, this is the case with almost each and every one of us!