During my Leadership class at DeSales University I compelted the DiSC Workplace Assessment. The DiSC® Workplace Assessment establishes a leadership profile including an individual’s priorities, motivators, and stressors. My DiSC® style is DC. Individuals with a DC style prioritize challenge, results, and accuracy and are also known as “Resolute Leaders” (Sugerman, Scullard, & Wilhelm, 2011). My DiSC® profile notes that my style also prioritizes action and enthusiasm, which is not normally characteristic of the DC personality. As a DC, I am motivated by having authority, overcoming challenging goals, and initiating change. Uniquely, I am also motivated by taking action and generating enthusiasm. I appreciate working in an efficient, dynamic, and innovative environment. Moreover, because individuals with a DC style strive for concrete results, they become frustrated when others do not meet their standards of efficiency, logic, and competency. As a DC style, my stressors include following inefficient procedures, having little independence, and being unable to express myself. Under pressure, I become critical and sarcastic. Characteristic of the DC style, I strive for independence and personal accomplishment and influence others with my high standards, determination, and creative thinking.
After completing the DiSC® Workplace Assessment my underlying leadership philosophy seems less elusive. By understanding the DC style and analyzing the strengths and weaknesses, I can articulate what I value in a workplace environment, what I anticipate from subordinates, and how I will behave as a leader. In essence, what I value, what I expect, and how I act form the backbone of my personal leadership philosophy.
As a leader, I value diligence, creativity, compassion, authenticity, and rationality. I believe in persistent and effortful work. Imagination is more useful than facts. Compassion towards others is of the utmost importance. I value being, doing, and feeling authentically. Lastly, I believe in using reason, forethought, and logic as a foundation. Moreover, as a leader, I expect my coworkers to act graciously, communicate openly, and work diligently. I do not tolerate disrespect or petty gossip. I expect ideas and problems to be communicated directly to me and to each other. Finally, I always require purposeful productivity with repeated reflection and reassessment.
In sum, as a leader, I will provide an open-minded atmosphere, consistent honest feedback, and opportunities for reciprocal learning. I will offer clear expectations and be regularly available for questions, ideas, and suggestions. I will be forthright about my subordinates strengths and weaknesses: always providing positive feedback and offering a means to improve productivity or creativity. Conclusively, I will always articulate meaning and give purpose to group goals.