A Deeper Look at Leadership

A Deeper Look at Leadership

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

16 Comment

  1. Honestly, I don’t like being in a leadership type of role unless it’s at home with my family. I do enough at home that I don’t have time to worry about anyone else :)

    1. Amanda @ Erickson & Co. says:

      I completely agree! I have too much stuff to do at home and too many things to take care of to worry about leading anywhere else.

      1. Felicia says:

        That’s okay though. So you are a leader to your children and and role model in your home. All leaders are different and unique!

  2. Michele says:

    One thing I know about myself-although I am good in a leadership position I much prefer to work in the background. I accomplish much much more!

  3. Heather says:

    Oh how interesting. I would consider myself an energizing leader. I’ve been in many leadership roles. I kind of get thrown into them, and I guess its because of my personality. I too like to be consistent, but sometimes that doesn’t generate creative ideas, like you said.

  4. kungphoo says:

    This is interesting to me.. I will investigate it more..

  5. I’m definitely The Humble Leader! Describes me perfectly!

  6. Sandra says:

    I love leading but hate the recognition. I like being in charge, yet behind the scenes.

  7. Liz Mays says:

    I prefer not to lead. I used to do it all the time, but it’s tough because you’re counting on so many other people who take it less seriously a lot of the time.

  8. Like people, there are different styles of leadership. Seems to me that whatever works is ultimately what counts, relative to style and traits of an effective leader.

  9. Great information! I think that there are many types of leaders, the important thing is to treat people well. If you are too authoritarian and treat them badly, you won’t have many people left to lead.

  10. I believe a great leader is someone who can understand the qualities of his team members, and distribute work accordingly. But being a leader is a challenging job!

  11. krystal says:

    I just wrote a post about how I have too much going on and it is hard to focus on anything! Good perspective!

  12. Sheila says:

    I don’t have leadership quality, but I enjoy reading this post.

  13. Good point for thinking about what leadership. Some roles I’m easily in a leader in. Other not so much.

  14. Dawn says:

    I like to lead, but only if it doesn’t mean that I get a ton of attention for it. I just want to get the job done the right way, no matter who is in charge.

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