When I was conducting the research for my book I was fortunate to gain the insights from Dr Colin Wallace from PRISM Brain Mapping. His insights helped form much of my thinking and approach to leadership styles as described in the book and I have shared a brief overview in this blog.
Having knowledge of your behavioural preference is crucial when devising a strategy
It is likely that you will recognise yourself in of all them, however you will have one overriding preference or bias which will influence how you communicate with others and develop a strategy for achieving your goals. Having knowledge of your behavioural preference is crucial when devising a strategy ensuring that you don’t have a bias and is an essential component for the ‘Get Your House In Order’ model. See if you recognise yourself.
If you have this preference, you will have a focus on achieving objectives in certain timeframe. You will be turned on by the opportunity to accept challenges, create action and obtain results. You are driven to overcome opposition in order to accomplish goals. If someone tells you something cannot be achieved, you will set out to prove him or her wrong. You are quick to seize opportunities that allow you to assume control of your environment.
If you have this preference, then you will have a focus on predictability. You are motivated not just by results, but also by quality results. You tend to be low-key, factual and extremely accurate. You are at your best when a job needs to be done with precision. You set high standards for yourself and others, and expect everyone to comply, always with the same high standards.
If you have this preference you will have a focus on creating a harmonious culture. You are a team player who has a desire to please and maintain stability in a group, even if it means sacrificing your own personal goals. You are driven by harmony, agreement and loyalty. You prefer to keep things as they are and provide a stabilising influence by the consistent way in which you go about your day-to-day work.
If you have this type of preference you will have a focus on image and external perception is associated with the right hemisphere of the brain. Your personal image and branding is important to you. You have a strong ability to persuade others to agree with you. You need to have the opportunity to express your ideas and opinions.
Neuroscience research shows that there is no ‘single self’ to be found in the human brain. Each person is made up of several, sometimes, conflicting behaviour preferences rather than a single unchanging personality. You may display entirely different behaviours at times: sometimes you will be talkative and sometimes withdrawn, sometimes relaxed and sometimes anxious. Becoming clear on how you ‘show up’ and increasing your self-awareness is a key leadership competency and will give you a competitive advantage in the workplace.