In my last post I mapped the DISC behavioral styles to The Leadership Challenge® Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. Today, I want to delve into the first practice: Model The Way. While we’ve always heard that we should lead by example, in this short video I’ll share some surprising information about the behaviors that your team members are looking for when they look for you to Model the Way.
Don’t want to watch the video? Read the details below.
The top qualities as uncovered in surveys by Barry Posner and James Kouzes that help us create credibilty as leaders are:
- Forward Thinking
How difficult will these qualities be to exhibit based on your DISC profile?
While honesty should come easily to all of us, telling the truth isn’t the only aspect of honesty. Openness and transparency are also related. If you are one of the more reserved styles, an S or C, you may be inclined to hold back information if you think it will damage the relationship. Or you may fall into passive aggressive behaviors because you know you are “right.” If you are a high D, you might not see the need for openness, opting for a “just get it done” attitude.
That “just get it done” attitude might also become a blind spot when your team is looking for direction – the forward thinking quality. If a bus driver said, “Jump on! Don’t worry where we’re going. I’ll get you there quickly.” Would you jump on? Probably not.
Being aware of our blindspots will enable us to get coaching or mentoring to bring out the behviors that will let us rise to the leadership challenge.