There is no doubt your personality style has a huge impact on your leadership style. By knowing your DISC behavioral style, you can gain immediate insight into your communication preferences, what motivates you and how you instinctively try to motivate others. In short, you learn what type of leader you are.
There are many good resources available today on leadership. However, there are two critical truths about leadership most people overlook:
Some leaders are bold and daring, they are quick to seize an opportunity and are not afraid to meet challenges head-on. This is the “D” style leader...Dominant, Direct and Decisive.
The “D” style as a leader is effective because they are:
However, they are very task-oriented and often overlook the importance of building relationships as part of leadership.
Some leaders are great motivators and have the ability to inspire greatness in their followers. They are charismatic speakers and know how to influence others. This is the “I” style leader...Influencing, Inspiring and Interactive.
The “I” style as a leader is effective because they are:
However, they can be “people pleasers” and may have difficulty making difficult or unpopular decisions.
Some leaders like to lead by example. They are down-to-earth and not afraid of hard work. They appreciate the contributions of their team members and have the ability to build strong and loyal teams. This is the “S” style leader… Stable, Strong and Supportive.
The “S” style as a leader is effective because they are:
However, they are instinctively reluctant to make quick decisions and resistant to change; they may need to build consensus prior to taking any kind of action.
Some leaders have studied and worked hard to develop skills and talents, and are usually recognized as experts in their fields. They lead by virtue of their ability and extensive knowledge. They are excellent planners, strategists and tacticians. They are contemplative and are rarely caught off-guard. This is the “C” style leader...Controlled, Creative and Competent.
The “C” style as a leader is effective because they are:
However, they prefer the “tried and true” and may be hesitant to "chart new territory." They may also hesitate to act quickly without taking the time to gather facts, figures and data.
Different situations call for different leadership styles. Knowing your instinctive leadership style and being aware of what leadership style is required to meet the demands of the situation or environment is essential to being a good leader.
Leadership is a learned skill. Knowing your personality style allows you to capitalize on your leadership strengths, and make the appropriate adjustments when the environment demands it.
As a leader, being aware of your style, and also knowing the styles of the people around you, can give you the insight you need to get the most out of your team.