Leading with Style
A Guest Post by Personality Style at Work author Kate Ward.
With the Fourth of July behind us, and an election just around the corner, I’ve been thinking about our American presidents. Four in particular, whom most people would agree were effective leaders: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Each led from a distinct strength and Personality Style, and I believe that was the key to their effectiveness.
Envision the future: This was Thomas Jefferson’s strength. Jefferson was a visionary who could picture a very different United States with the addition of the Louisiana Purchase. People with this strength lead by seeking promising opportunities, taking risks, and demanding action.
Engage others: This was FDR’s strength. He was able to unite the country in challenging times. Leaders with this strength have a talent to inspire and motivate others. They connect to others and are able to generate excitement and rally the troops to achieve a common goal.
Encourage others: This was Abraham Lincoln’s strength. Leaders with this strength are excellent listeners, great team builders, and are particularly good at developing their staff. Lincoln was known for adding the best and the brightest to his staff and pulling together a team uniquely suited for dealing with the crisis of the Civil War.
Execute results: This was George Washington’s strength. Washington was known for his organizational skills, and his determination and persistence to achieve what he set out to do. Leaders with this strength are detail-oriented and use informed, objective decision-making to bring about the highest standards of performance.
By examining our own tendencies and talents, we can learn how we interact best with others. Each leadership strength correlates to one of the four styles in the HRDQ Personality Style Model.
Envision the future = Direct personality style.
Engage others = Spirited personality style.
Encourage others = Considerate personality style.
Execute results = Systematic personality style.
While leadership is an invaluable skill (in any style), Personality Style can tell us much more about ourselves and others. Personality Style at Work is a guide to help you use the Personality Style Model in your work and personal life to develop and maintain positive relationships with the people around you. Take a look at the descriptions below. Do they sound like you or someone you know?
Direct style: People with a Direct style set their eyes on what they want to accomplish, and then go after it. They are not inclined to make small talk and may interrupt others. They have a high degree of confidence and make quick decisions.
Spirited style: People with a Spirited style are multi-taskers. They get easily bored and therefore enjoy handling a variety of tasks and projects. They love to talk and brainstorm and are generally less interested in following through and handling all the details.
Considerate style: People with a Considerate style are all about collaborating and maintaining harmony. They are good listeners and usually prefer to hear others’ opinions before sharing their own. They offer encouragement and support to others and really want to connect at a personal level.
Systematic style: People with a Systematic style are meticulous and committed to maintaining high quality standards. They use a data-driven, analytical approach to decision making and therefore may get bogged down in the decision-making process.
By identifying your Personality Style, you can use it to develop your natural strengths, work on your potential trouble spots, and improve your performance across the board.
The Personality Style at Work Assessment will help you identify your style, learn to figure out the styles of others, and use that information to form positive relationships and interactions. Get started now!