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TCF009: Understanding Personality

Thank you for listening to the Champion Forum Podcast with Jeff Hancher! Personality tests are widely popular among people of all ages. As a leader, it is important that you understand that differences in personality can positively impact your leadership team. Leaders need to know how to leverage the strengths of different personality types. In this episode, Jeff and Dan Billie talk about the impact personality has on success and the ways that we may be causing ourselves more stress by masking who we really are. This week, we will learn about the importance of creating a diverse team and how you can leverage your personality and the personalities of your team members to reach your fullest potential.

Personality types

  • Your personality falls into a combination of either active or passive, and people oriented or task oriented. If you are leading a team, only 1 in 4 are likely to fall into the same quadrant that you do.

  • Good leaders know that not everyone has the same strengths and weaknesses and values having a diverse team that supports each other’s strengths and weaknesses. Q: What personality assessments have you done? What do you know about your personality? Do you feel like you operate in your personality’s strengths or that you try to operate against your weaknesses?

One method of leadership is not necessarily best

  • Companies are less innovative when they have only one type of leader.

  • Lower-level employees or new leadership hires may feel pressure to act like someone they are not in order to move up in the company.

  • Leaders and managers have to know that there is more than one effective style of leadership. Q: Do you tend to see one type of personality as the personality of a leader and another personality as the personality of a follower? Why do you feel that way?

Understanding your personality

  • When you take a personality test, take it once with only your work-related answers, and once with what you would answer if you were at home, completely relaxed.

  • If there is a difference between the two results, you are causing yourself stress. You can be a better leader when you embrace your personality. Instead of trying to become a different person, you need to become better at understanding your strengths and weaknesses and not just masking your weaknesses at work. You will lead best when you know your strengths and surround yourself with people who fill in and support you in your weaknesses.

Leaders and organizations need to know

  • You do not have to have a certain personality type to be an effective, successful leader.

  • You do need to have resolve and determination to succeed.

  • Your team needs to have diverse personality types to offer different perspectives and strengths to the team. Organizations that do not have diverse personalities will struggle to innovate. Q: What was most surprising to you about this week’s episode? Do you find yourself believing that all successful leaders are loud, take charge, visionaries? How did today’s episode impact who you will surround yourself with or how you will hire in the future?

Application Activities

  1. Take the personality assessment here. Take the assessment twice. The first time, start every question with “at home I….” The second time, say “at work I….” Compare the two to identify any areas you are masking at work.

  2. What personalities make up your team? How diverse would you say your team is on a scale on 1-5? What can you do to try to make your team more diverse or encourage more open-mindedness?

  3. Evaluate your personality’s strengths and weaknesses and determine whether you are operating from your strengths or against your weakness. Are you masking your weaknesses? Brainstorm with a trusted friend or mentor ways that you can overcome your weaknesses through surrounding yourself with other people or creating systems. For example, if you are more task-oriented like Dan Billie, set up a system that will help you remember to invest into your team members.

Resources

Leadership and the One Minute Manager by Ken Blanchard

Good to Great by James Collins

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

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Email: jeffhancher@thechampionforum.com

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