You are an Empathetic Type
There is no good or bad way to exert leadership energy, as there are mental, emotional, and somatic components to every move we make. By adding up your “true” answers, dividing by 30, and then multiplying the result by 100, we determined which of the three tendencies tends to be your default.
It could be that you’re well balanced in all three, but most of us have one area that is dominant. Recognizing an affinity for one over another is helpful in raising your awareness of how you may react to challenges, especially under stress. That can free you up to consider your options, be aware of how others may operate differently, and help you stretch out of your comfort zone.
The key to leadership success in today’s world is developing leadership agility—the capacity to stretch and expand your approach to situations so you can quickly adapt to changing contexts and continuously develop new skills. Below is a summary of strengths and potential opportunities for you to reflect upon depending upon which of three energy domains is dominant for you:
If your assessment results indicate that you have a stronger affinity for an emotional approach to leading, you are likely passionate and deeply connected to both your work and your team. You will value the “feel” of the organization, and likely place emphasis upon your intuitive side as much as your rational side when making a decision.
You will care deeply about the meaning and purpose of your initiatives, and likely be open and solicitous of the ideas and input of others. You may enjoy working alone or with others – emotionally-oriented leaders are not always extroverted – but you will likely care about the aesthetics and feeling of the environment, and care about the tone and energy of your interactions with others.
- Recognize and value the underlying research or data to support your decisions
- Learn to leverage data and develop analysis skills or collaborate with analyzers
- Develop fact-based arguments to reinforce your strong feelings and values
- Recognize and value movement, action and impact of physical activity
- Be watchful of any tendency to be dramatic or overly zealous; modulate and regulate your emotions
- Self-care to remain present and calm; practice mindfulness to not feel overwhelmed by emotion
Areas for you to develop increased awareness and focus may include: paying attention to the rational, analytical aspects of a situation; learning to balance your feelings and intuition with data. You may be put off by detailed analysis and have a desire to “get to the point” with flair and passion. Be mindful of how others respond to emotional expressions and recognize that some of your colleagues may need space and time (both somatic and cerebral) to reflect before following your lead, especially if your decisions and actions are not grounded in evidence or data.
As with cerebral colleagues, when working with more somatically inclined team members, it will be important to be mindful of the physical space, the timing (e.g. you may want to push ahead as emotions are highly motivating, while others may want to deliberate or take a more measured approach) and the value of physical movement. Somatic leaders may want to stand up, move and walk around when making decisions or brainstorming. Becoming more aware of the somatic aspects of the environment – and how they impact the energy of the team – may be helpful in bringing the best ideas out of everyone.
Are you ready to take the next step?
Are you naturally an ALPHA or BETA style leader?
Are your courageous and open to feedback from others?
Do you want to stretch and expand your capacity to lead?
Developing flexibility and agility so you can respond effectively to a wide range of people and situations is key to your success as a leader. Learning to coach yourself can be as effective as having a coach…to learn more get a copy of FLEX here and take the leadership agility assessment in the opening chapter.
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Thank you for taking the time to do the leadership energy assessment and review my website. I look forward to working with you and would love to hear more about your reflections on FLEX and your leadership challenges. Please drop me a line here!
Dr Jeffrey Hull