As a leader, it's important to know the people you work with. Strong relationships lead to stronger teams, and stronger teams lead to a more productive and more successful company. But getting to know people isn't just knowing their favorite TV show or the name of their spouse. That's trivia. To effectively manage your team, you've got to be aware of and understand your team members' personalities.
There are tons of personality tests out there: Myers-Briggs, Big Five,...
At LeaderGov we frame much of our local government workshops and online training around the four major personality styles as defined by DiSC. DiSC is the worlds most popular personality profiling program and is used by over 1,000,000 people per year.
The DiSC model includes styles called Driver, Inspiring, Supporter and Cautious. Each style has inherent positive qualities and challenges in how they communicate. In our workshops we help local government leaders learn their styles (or take the assessment) so that they can know their own style (strengths and weaknesses) and also learn how to approach other styles for maximum effectiveness.
Which style are you and how do you sometimes see yourself communicating in ineffective ways?