Are you getting asked this question? It’s really not a hard one to answer. The correct answer is all or any. Leaders who are rated effective by their peers, their bosses and their subordinates are multidimensional leaders who are good at many different things. They make choices about their behaviors, even sometimes acting counter to their natural personalities to meet their goals.
Leadership is not about your DiSC style, but about self-awareness and using your natural talents and strengthening your weaknesses. It’s about having a vision and bringing others on board with you to meet or better refine that vision. As Jeffrey Sugerman, former CEO of Inscape Publishing put it: “In essence, effective leaders are people who have attained a certain level of self-awareness and put that understanding to work as they contribute to helping an organization respond to challenges.”
Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich explains it this way: “For leaders who see themselves as their employees do, their employees tend to have a better relationship with them, feel more satisfied with them, and see them as more effective in general.”
Not only can effective leaders be of any personality type, they can also be found throughout every organization. “The shift to collaborative organizations with flat structures is causing a reassessment of the ways that organizations develop leaders… Rather than just a few stars, global organizations will need many talented leaders – hundreds, even thousands – operating throughout the organization,” states Bill George, Harvard Business School professor and former CEO of Medtronic.
You can’t predict who the best leaders in organization will be based on their DiSC profile. In fact, it’s very likely that you are overlooking people in your organization who lead from the strength of humility or inclusiveness, because you are used to looking for the commanding or resolute personality.
You can use DiSC to help your employees, staff or clients become better leaders by offering them the Everything DiSC 363 for Leaders or Everything DiSC Work of Leaders. You can develop leaders instead of trying to identify them through personality profiles.
For more information see Everything DiSC leadership styles.
by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team