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Humble leaders (and Everything DiSC)

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

 

The humble leadership style is the focus of this month’s continuing examination of the 8 dimensions of leadership. We hope this listing of additional readings can extend your training and conversations through assignments, book groups, or lunch discussions about leadership. No matter what our own style of leadership, we all have something to learn from the styles that come more easily to others.

 

Humble leader in the 8 dimensions of leadershipWhat is a humble leader?

 

Humble leaders tend to be a bit on the cautious side, self-controlled, and soft-spoken. They are fair-minded, practical and often able to discern what systems and structures would meet other people’s needs.

 

If you’re a humble leader you might be motivated by a desire to be reliable and to avoid trouble. These two traits might make you prone to inaction since you don’t want to make mistakes that will affect others. You have a low level of self-serving ambition and the ability to keep things in perspective.

 

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Leaders Ought to Know: a book review

Cover of Leaders Ought to Knowby Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

 

Leaders Ought to Know: 11 Ground Rules for Common Sense Leadership, by Phillip Van Hooser

 

Indeed, this book does cover much that leaders ought to know. It also covers what followers wished the people who are supposed to be leading them know. It was odd to be reading this as America is embroiled in a government shutdown. It makes the difference between real leaders and mere politicians (or mere executives or officers) very apparent. It was refreshing to read the words of someone who states right away that leadership is not a position; it “is a choice, reinforced by individual effort.”

 

His advice might be summarized as make good choices and follow up with action. But we all know that it’s not always easy. Van Hooser’s illustrative stories and clarity of thought make it a bit easier, at least as long as we remember what he writes. The book is aimed at a leader going it alone, with the author as a supportive, but butt-kicking coach.

 

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Inclusive leaders (and Everything DiSC)

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

 

Continuing our examination of the 8 dimensions of leadership, we have reached the inclusive leader. We hope this listing of additional readings can extend your training and conversations through assignments, book groups, or lunch discussions about leadership. No matter what our own style of leadership, we all have something to learn from the styles that come more easily to others.

 

What is an inclusive leader?

 

Inclusive leaders tend to create collaborative and understanding environments. You’re likely to see them as soft-spoken, patient, good listeners, aware of the needs and talents of those they work with. However, you might think they are afraid of change or underestimate their critical thinking skills.

 

If you’re an inclusive leader you might notice that you have a desire to surround yourself with the familiar, to internalize problems, and to have a strong need for harmony. You probably didn’t become a leader to gain status.

 

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Translating the popular Everything DiSC Workplace® profile

by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team

To find out more about the translation of this Everything DiSC Work of Leaders, we spoke with two members of the product development team from the Workplace Learning Solutions group at Wiley: Susie Kukkonen, VP and director, and Laurie Diethelm, manager.

 

“We have a fairly significant Spanish market both in the U.S. and worldwide, so it’s one of the languages we focused on developing early on,” said Kukkonen. Diethelm reported that the Workplace profile is currently available in English, Spanish, Danish, German, Norwegian, Swedish, and Finnish, while French is in development.

 

Translation process

 

The product development team has redesigned their translation processes to address the more dynamic Everything DiSC products, which take advantage of adaptive testing technology to create highly personalized reports.

 

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