There are a lot of good resources available today on leadership . However, there are two critical truths about leadership that most people overlook.
Leadership is a learned skill
Leadership is tied directly to your behavioral style
Just as there are different types of people, so too are there different types of leaders.
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.
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.
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.
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. These are the “C” style leaders… who like to be in Control, are Creative and Competent.
Leadership is Personal
There is no doubt that 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.
Each behavioral style has instinctive behavioral strengths and limitations. Learning how to maximize your strengths and minimize your limitations is the first step to effective leadership development. The DISC personality report will help you identify these strengths and limitations.
The “D” style as a leader is effective because they are:
Genuinely motivated to win
Confident, bold and daring
Not afraid to meet challenges
But they are also very task oriented and often overlook the importance of building relationships as part of leadership.
The “I” style as a leader is effective because they are:
Charismatic and influencing
Optimistic, encouraging and eager
Not afraid to be “different”
But they can be “people pleasers” and may have difficulty making difficult or unpopular decisions.
The “S” style as a leader is effective because they are:
Inclusive, supportive and caring
Great team builders and peacemakers
Hardworking, reliable and dependable
Willing to “lead by example”
But they are instinctively reluctant to make quick decisions and resistant to change and may need to build consensus prior to taking any kind of action.
The “C” style as a leader is effective because they:
Often have a plan (and it’s a good one)
Are experts in their field
Are well researched and reasoned
Are highly disciplined and skilled executioners
But leaders may have to “chart new territory” and the “C” style likes the “tried and true”. Leaders may also need to act quickly and “C” style leaders hesitate to act without taking the time to gather facts, figures and data.
Leadership is Situational
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, as well as knowing the styles of the people around you can give you the insight you need to get the most out of your team.