We all have natural tendencies in how we lead in local government. There are four important words that will provide insights into how you lead that all point to your overall DISC personality type. DISC is a personality assessment that helps you better understand your natural style and how your style can be an asset or sometimes lead to unhealthy leadership.
The four words are: Problems, People, Pace and Procedure
Problems: Every leader encounters problems. But how we approach them varies greatly. Do you naturally move toward problems to resolve them or do you move away from problems? Maybe you hope they'll diminish or resolve themselves. But D-style personality types naturally move toward problems. They like addressing problems directly. But if you don't naturally move toward problems (as another style), you may want to consider a more assertive stance toward problems. As we all know, unaddressed...
In local government there is a lot of stress on teams to get more done with less. This is also true in private industry, but since local governments literally serve everyone in a community, the pressure to get things done is unique.
Without good listening instructions fall apart, people feel dismissed, mistakes occur, projects fail or are delayed, productivity goes down and frustration pervades.
Your personality plays a role in how well you listen.