My kuleana for the past two fiscal years has been to lead the KSDL graphics database team. One of my professional development goals this year has been to further develop my understanding and application of effective leadership skills based on DiSC strategies. As leader of the graphics database team, I need to learn how best to lead a team comprised of polar opposite DiSC profiles towards successful outcomes.
In order to better understand my own leadership style and ways to improve, I turned to reading The Eight Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader, authored by Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard and Emma Wilhelm.
This book clearly and concisely clarifies the differences between eight basic leadership styles. It also suggests numerous ways in which to reach outside one’s comfort zone to incorporate certain aspects of other leadership styles into one’s own. Implementing strengths that differ from yours may feel uncomfortable. However, new insights and putting these strategies into practice allows for much more effective leadership.
If anyone is interested in learning more, the book is available online in KSDL’s Amazon Cloud account (Kindle book).