The Devil’s Advocate is one of the most useful yet one of the most tricky team members to deal with. This individual enjoys poking holes into ideas and sketching up potential scenarios that might happen if a plan goes awry. They’re primarily interested in preventing the potential down-sides of an initiative or idea. If not managed properly, they can also bring down morale, irk teammates, and be too risk-averse.
These members are experts in one or two relevant areas and tend to be focused specifically on those areas. They’re great resources for additional knowledge, connections, and insights. Oftentimes, these members will be able to speed up processes, provide mentoring, and avoid pitfalls. Unfortunately, their focus can be limiting, and they may be uninterested in the other activities that are going on in the organization.