Read Them Like a Book (Part 3)

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One of the strongest traits of a great leader is the ability to understand different behaviours.

Analyzing behaviours helps you understand your people, how they are different from one another, and why they are different from you.

To learn about the behaviours of your workforce, leaders can leverage a behavioural learning model called Everything DiSC®.

When you think about your work and the things that mean something to you, you probably think of the big moments: the promotion you got or didn’t. The setbacks. The big wins.

And even though we tend to think of our work life in terms of these big moments, it’s really a collection of small ones: the interruption that throws off your meeting, a harsh comment that lingers long after the other person has moved on, small words of encouragement that turn your day around.

Like most people, you might take these small interactions for granted. But the way you feel about them has more to do with your day-to-day happiness at work than almost anything for a simple reason.

You’re human.

We are wired to care deeply about our interactions. We all have an opportunity, no matter how subtle or short, to connect, to relate, and to engage with each other. It’s often what makes the difference between a good day and a bad one.

And those negative interactions, the ones that drain us or just keep us up at night… well, what they’re often about is two people not seeing each other clearly. Sometimes we misread each other’s intentions because we come from different starting places. Other times we get stuck thinking our way is the only way.

But when we make the effort to see the people around us – where they come from, what matters to them, what they struggle with – it can change the way we think about those interactions.

And there’s a simple model called DiSC that can help us take a clearer look at the needs and priorities of the people around us.  Developing a DiSC culture that will help you lead both as an individual and a team. (Find out more here.)

You become a great leader when you’ve polished up your ability to read your people ‘like a book’.