We go through life discovering things about ourselves all the time, don't we. As a child we discover how far we can push our parents before we get a clip round the ear. At school we discover we're not the cool kid and when we're down we discover who our real friends are.
Then at work, we're rewarded with the lofty role of leading and quickly discover it's a rather tricky one and we need some help.
The good news here is you're not alone and there's a ton of help out there. The bad news is there's so much help (Amazon currently has 149,121 Leadership books!) that it becomes a confusing, time consuming chore.
So let's cut the confusion and the time and crack on with discovering your primary leadership style!
Start by taking a quick look at the model above showing 8 leadership styles.
Underneath this model are two axes. One runs from north to south and the other from east to west.
1 Look at disc 1. above and place yourself at the end of the axis that sounds most like you.
2. Look at disc 2 and do the same.
3. Now you've identified yourself on both axes go back to the model and discover your leadership style!
Now you know you style but what does it mean about you in the workplace?
At your best: You're bold and passionate
At your worst: You're impulsive and overconfident.
Would increase effectiveness through: Patience, humility, consideration
At your best: You're upbeat and eager
At your worst: You're erratic and inconsistent
Would increase effectiveness through: Being more objective, completing tasks
At your best: You're kind and supportive
At your worst: You're indirect and avoid conflict
Would increase effectiveness through: Acknowledging others flaws, confronting problems
At your best: You're sincere and accommodating
At your worst: You're passive and overly trusting
Would increase effectiveness through: Displaying confidence to reveal true confidence
At your best: You're modest and fair minded
At your worst: You're rigid and overly cautious
Would increase effectiveness through: Being decisive, showing urgency
At your best: You're conscientious and disciplined
At your worst: You're risk averse and a perfectionist
Would increase effectiveness through: Acknowledging others' feelings, looking beyond data
At your best: You're questioning and independent
At your worst: You're cynical, insensitive
Would increase effectiveness through: Warmth, tactful communication
At your best: You're powerful and decisive
At your worst: You're forceful and egotistical
Would increase effectiveness through: Patience, empathy
I hope you now have you a big-picture sense of how this model can help you bypass some of the trial and error often involved in leadership growth.
Leading people is a social skill which requires you to connect with people around you to develop relationships and co-operation.
To achieve this you’ll need to practice using more styles because a one dimensional approach isn’t enough to help you reduce how often you jump to conclusions and make poor judgement calls.
Discovering your primary leadership style using this 3 step method is a very quick method to get you started.
But to get a more accurate assessment and become a multi-dimensional leader simply jump on the phone and give me a call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free short on-line assessment to discover leadership style!
Best regards, Jon
Notes: This blog follows on from last weeks which is right here and this model is taken from the book, 8 Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader, which you can get from me.