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 office with at least one other person. The Diva personality needs the undivided attention of all those present. Like the self-proponent, the Diva also likes to be at the centre of the action.
First of all, the female character Diva does not mean that only women can be assigned to this office personality type. 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 this personality is very similar to the self-proponent.
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 it 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 Divas are 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 they are incredibly dominant, but also vulnerable, character, they do not tolerate any competition. Therefore, staffing personnel that value balanced working environment should ensure clear separation of responsibilities.
At a glance
- Quickly in a bad mood
- Addicted to attention
- Extremely sensitive
- 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 them?
Dealing with Divas 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 well be the best strategy to ensure a pleasant working atmosphere. If it is a question of solving a task in the team, ring fence the Diva and put her in charge. Such affirmation ensures that they do not create problems. If decisions are to be made, however, her decisions must be accepted by others. Teamwork always implies democracy. In this scenario, the Diva personality type may face conflicts.