What Colour is Your Leadership?
All leaders have strengths, and all leaders have weaknesses or blind spots. In order to succeed with those you lead, it is important to first understand your strengths and accept and acknowledge where you have weaknesses. It is in the understanding of your blind spots and weaknesses that gives you the power to be a highly effective leader. Personality Dimensions is a powerful but easy to understand model to help leaders identify how you lead.
Personality Dimensions is based on the theory of temperament, there are four basic innate patterns of behavior. They are:
Authentic Blue, Inquiring Green, Organized Gold and Resourceful Orange.
Authentic Blue – It’s all about the People
Authentic Blues lead by establishing personal relationships. Blues strive to relate to others personally and win their trust and commitment. Blues can be inspirational, sincere, and are respectful of the contribution of team members. Authentic Blue leaders want people to follow them for a reason, a cause. They are the ones whom you will hear say – “We’re all in this together!”
Authentic Blue leaders tend to be idealistic, this can be a problem if others do not share their vision, and can cause Blues to feel hurt or betrayed – temper the idealism with a dose of reality.
Inquiring Green – Competence is Critical
Inquiring Greens lead by showing their competence and by expecting it of others. Greens crave clarity, logic and objectivity They adopt a strategic analysis of tasks and projects. Because they are highly focused on competence, they tend to dole out criticisms, which they believe will help others improve. Greens will often be heard to say - “I know the right way forward just follow me.”
Inquiring Green leaders can get into trouble when others perceive them as ‘haughty’ or over critical. Temper the high expectations with a little praise.
Organized Gold – Taking Care of Business
Organized Golds lead by upholding the structure, hierarchy and traditions of the organization and groups they work within. Golds are co-operative, and believe people should be treated fairly. As leaders, they emphasize the importance of efficiency and practicality. Golds love order in their work, and pay close attention to details. They are known to say –“A job worth doing is a job well done.”
Organized Gold leaders tend to sometimes get bogged down in the details and can be perceives at times as overly bureaucratic. Temper the need to control with a dose of delegation.
Resourceful Orange – Trouble Shooters
Resourceful Orange lead by solving problems and acting in the moment. Oranges can tend to overlook the niceties of personal relationships and organizational rules if they are hindering the Orange’s ability to resolve the immediate problem. Since Oranges are spontaneous and resourceful they are good trouble shooters and effective in crisis management. Their motto “Let’s just get it done!”
Resourceful Orange leaders tend to be great at rallying troops, however mat ‘roll over’ people to get things done. Temper enthusiasm with some people to people time.
I love to help people become their best selves. transition and change is with us always, we are constantly re-inventing ourselves and that requires commitment and a process.