A couple weeks ago I wrote this post about being an Energizing Leader. Today I wanted to go into further detail about what that means to me, being a community leader. According to the 8 Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies from Becoming a Better Leader, by Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wihelm, my primary leadership dimension is energizing. I agree that almost all of the behaviors listed thorough out this book are an accurate reflection of the behaviors I exhibit. I am very upbeat and eager to implement changes. I am also very willing to make changes on new opportunities that have the potential to improve a company.
Some of my downfalls though, are that I can have too much going on at once, which makes it difficult to focus on one individual task. The only characteristic that I could argue does not define me is that energizing leaders normally see little need for consistency. I find that consistency in my life is what helps me accomplish as much as I do. Without it I would feel extremely disorganized. Energizing leaders, such as myself, tend to be spontaneous, outgoing, and encouraging. They are often enthusiastic about new opportunities and unafraid of running with exciting new ideas.
Something I learned about energizing leaders was that because we thrive on a variety of tasks, we often generate more ideas than we are able to implement. Again, this is very true (especially for me)! We tend to be more collaborative than other fast-paced leaders, and may struggle to complete solitary tasks that offer little opportunity for interaction. A couple of years ago I actually changed my original major for my bachelor’s degree from cardiovascular perfusion to human development and psychology because I wanted more face-to-face human interaction. I enjoy networking and building relationships with the people in my community and individuals who share a commonality with me.
So here is a fun leadership exercise to try. Visit this website and ask yourself some of these questions:
- As you have read about a particular leadership dimension, what is your overall reaction to this information?
- Do you exhibit the behaviors described?
- Does the leadership dimension feel comfortable to you?
- Do you agree with the strengths identified for a particular dimension?
- What is your reaction to the psychological drivers that may hold you back from a particular leadership dimension?
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional