If you grew up in the 90s, there is a 99.999% chance that you have heard of the Spice Girls. Their “girl power” movement took the world by storm. Maybe you loved them, maybe you hated them, or maybe they were a guilty pleasure. It’s even possible that you still love them and watch the Spice Girls movie, Spice World, on a regular basis (not that I’m speaking from personal experience or anything…)
No matter how you feel about the Spice Girls, you can’t deny that each of the girls had a very distinct attitude. Almost every girl in the 90s had a favorite Spice Girl (and corresponding Barbie doll) because there was a little something for everyone in each of their different personalities. Whether it was Ginger, Sporty, Scary, Posh, or Baby Spice, just about anyone could find something to relate to with one of the Spice Girls.
Now, let’s apply this nostalgic gem to the workplace. Whether you’d like to admit it or not, there’s probably one of each of these personalities around your office somewhere.
Ginger: Ginger Spice was known as the leader of the pack. She got her nickname due to her fiery, energetic personality (and her red hair, of course).
Strengths: Someone like Ginger Spice is a natural leader. They can handle the responsibility of big projects and help everyone work as a team, and they’ve got the passion and personality to keep everyone’s attention.
Weaknesses: However, power could easily go to their head. Ginger needed the other girls around to keep her ego in check.
Sporty: Sporty Spice was the tomboy of the group. She had an “Anything you can do, I can do better” attitude and a competitive, athletic nature (plus, a killer back handspring).
Strengths: Sporty Spice’s competitive nature pushes her to strive for the best and she never backs down from a challenge.
Weaknesses: Though they mean no harm by their competition, others may be put off by someone who makes everything competitive like Sporty Spice.
Scary: Scary Spice was the rowdy one – the bad girl. She was loud, bold, and a little crazy.
Strengths: There was never a dull moment with Scary Spice. She excels at thinking outside of the box. Someone like her knows how to make the best out of every situation and lighten the mood.
Weaknesses: Scary Spice is the most outgoing of the group, but sometimes it’s hard to tell if she takes anything seriously. It may be difficult for someone like her to put jokes aside and focus on the task at hand.
Posh: Posh Spice was the fashion-elitist of the group. She was fashion forward with a straight-laced attitude, and a tendency to turn up her nose.
Strengths: You can count on Posh Spice to make a good first impression. She’s sure to act classy and will dress to kill. She’s confident, and isn’t afraid to take charge and stand up for what she believes in.
Weaknesses: However, someone like Posh Spice tip-toes the fine line between confident and cocky. Sometimes Posh comes off as a snob, and she needs the other girls to keep her humble.
Baby: Baby Spice was literally the baby of the bunch, being the youngest member. Plus she was famous for sporting babydoll dresses, pigtails, and a lollipop. She was the typical “girly girl.”
Strengths: Baby Spice saw the silver lining in any situation, and she never let negativity bring her down.
Weaknesses: She can be a bit of a ditz, and might need a lot of hand-holding and encouragement in order to keep her on the right track.
All of these personalities were essential to this 90s pop group’s worldwide success (and domination?). Every team needs a little bit of each of these attitudes to function. Check out how all of the girls work together in this clip from Spice World. **WARNING: INTENSE ‘90S IMAGERY. WE’RE TALKING 5” PLATFORM SHOES, HERE.
So here lies the question: which Spice Girl are you? What was your favorite Spice Girls song? Sound off in the comments below!
Jenna has a much easier time writing about the media and pop culture than she does writing about herself. She enjoys the simple things in life, like puns and typography. She is an avid fan of pop-punk, Halo 3, Spider-Man and origami, with a slight Taco Bell obsession. Her spirit animal is either a bulldog or a panda bear. You can also connect with Jenna on Google+ and Twitter.