Energizing leaders (and Everything DiSC)

Energizing leaders (and Everything DiSC)

Updated August 2021

Continuing our examination of the 8 dimensions of leadership, we are now at the energizing leader. We hope this listing of additional readings can extend your training and conversations through assignments, book groups, or lunch discussions about leadership.

Energizing leadersWhat is an energizing leader?

In terms of the Everything DiSC model, the energizing dimension is located on the northeast side of the model; they tend to be spontaneous, outgoing, and encouraging. Like the other i styles of the traditional DiSC model, they are enthusiastic about new opportunities, have a need for variety, and tend to be collaborative.

Strengths of the energizing leader:

  • They’re able to rally people around group goals.
  • They tend to look on the bright side.
  • They’re comfortable being in the spotlight.
  • They’re often accepting of other people’s ideas.
  • They take time to celebrate accomplishments.
  • They build solid professional networks.
  • They have a knack for selling ideas.
  • They show appreciation for other people’s contributions.

Goals: Popularity, approval, excitement

Would increase effectiveness through: Being more objective, following through on tasks

—Source: The 8 Dimensions of Leadership

What can we learn from energizing leaders?

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What business leaders and researchers say about the energizing leadership style

The author lists several things that the next generation of leaders will have in common, including “boundless enthusiasm” and “contagious optimism.”
On Becoming a Leader, by Warren Bennis

“It is an energy born out of strong personal convictions, which motivates the entrepreneur and builds excitement in others. Such people often literally breathe life into the organization; hence we should use a term like animator to describe this kind of leader.”
— “Leadership and Organizational Culture,” by Edgar Schein in The Leader of the Future

“Let people know that you will not let their ideas drop. Leaders need to capture and amplify the enthusiasm of others.”

“Great leaders energize people to go the extra mile. They set stretch goals that motivate people to accomplish more than they think is possible.”
— The Handbook for Leaders, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman

“Although the enthusiasm, energy, and positive attitude of a good leader may not change the content of work, they certainly can make the context more meaningful. Whatever the circumstances, when leaders breathe life in to our dreams and aspirations, we’re much more willing to enlist in the movement.”

“Leaders ignite the flame of passion in others by expressing enthusiasm for the compelling vision of their group.”
— The Leadership Challenge, Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner

“Consider what you can learn from people in your profession or industry and from other industries. Target the people in those organizations whom you want to add to your network.”

“Networking involves giving and sharing in addition to seeking and receiving help. Be sure you do both with the members of your network.”
— Successful Executive’s Handbook
, by Susan Gebelein, et al

“Leaders make sure people not only see the vision, they live and breathe it.”

“It goes without saying that leaders have to set the team’s vision and most do. But there’s so much more to the ‘vision thing’ than that. As a leader, you have to make the vision come alive.”
— Winning, Jack Welch

Additional readings

Leaders, Are You Energizing Your Team? TrainingIndustry.com
“When organizations have a network of positive energizers, they tend to recruit more of those professionals, which impacts their culture and level of performance.”

How ‘Energizers’ Can Boost Everyone On The Team, Forbes
“…he differentiates between leaders who ‘energize’ others and leaders whose behaviors have a ‘de-energizing’ effect.”

What Leaders Really Do, Harvard Business Review
“Motivation and inspiration energize people, not by pushing them in the right direction as control mechanisms do but by satisfying basic human needs for achievement, a sense of belonging, recognition, self-esteem, a feeling of control over one’s life, and the ability to live up to one’s ideals. Such feelings touch us deeply and elicit a powerful response.”

How to Prevent Siloed Teams and Encourage Teamwork, Leaders.com
“Leaders and employees who operate with a siloed mentality are toxic to the business’s team culture. Ultimately, this fixed mindset reduces the company’s ability to achieve its mission.”

How Leaders Create and Use Networks, Harvard Business Review
“… we’ve found that networking—creating a fabric of personal contacts who will provide support, feedback, insight, resources, and information—is simultaneously one of the most self-evident and one of the most dreaded developmental challenges that aspiring leaders must address.”

Readings to challenge the energizing leader

Leadership: why slowing down will help you speed up, TrainingZone

Leaders, Don’t Be Afraid to Talk About Your Fears and Anxieties, Harvard Business Review

The Secret of Adaptable Organizations Is Trust, Harvard Business Review

How to Lead When Your Team Is Exhausted — and You Are, Too, Harvard Business Review

Do you have any additional readings to add to this list?

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by Kristeen Bullwinkle and the DiSCProfile.com team


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