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Finding Your Personality Type to Best Lead Your Business

Jan 19, 2023 01:21PM ● By Randee Brown

Tim Polis, a certified John Maxwell leadership coach teacher and trainer, explained that finding your personality type is key to effective leadership. There are several personality assessments available including the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, DISC (based on the categories Dominance, Influence, Steadiness, and Compliance), and the Riso-Hudson Enneagram Type Indicator.

“Understanding who you are can help you determine which areas you are stronger in, and conversely, who you need to hire to supplement the areas in which you are weaker,” Polis said. “Properly staffing for tasks that you don’t enjoy or don’t excel at will help your business cover all of its bases.”

Polis also said it is important to take into consideration who you are leading and what their behavioral style is. He said that knowing where your priorities lie and understanding the same of your employees can help you figure out strategies that will work best for you as well as your staff, and allow your company to be its most productive. “Ask the question ‘who am I?’ by doing an assessment first,” Polis said. “Knowing how you prioritize tasks and itemizing your priority list while understanding your behavioral style can help with follow through and thereby increase productivity within your business.”

To determine that list of necessary priorities, Polis suggested remembering the 80/20 rule. “Consider which items will give you the highest return on investment this week. Not this month or this year, but this week. The top 20 percent of your efforts account for 80 percent of the work and vice versa, the remaining 80 percent of your tasks only cover about 20 percent of the work that needs to be done,” Polis said.