Differences

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) restrooms
These pictures make me smile. And then they make me think. These are from the airport bathrooms at Jacksonville International Airport (JAX).

One of the key things that helps leaders lead is to recognize that people come in all shapes and sizes. We’re not all the same stick figure.

Even more- beyond the physical shapes and sizes, people come with differences that aren’t always apparent at first. Like:

  • How open are they to new ideas?
  • Do they like being with lots of people or not?
  • How scheduled do they like things to be or not?
  • Do they like to focus on one thing at a time or to multitask?
  • Do the feelings and approval of others matter much in a decision?
  • How open to change are they?
  • How much stress can they tolerate?
  • How do they like to receive and process information?

How much you understand about yourself strongly influences how you lead. The way that we like to communicate and deal with others is reflective of our own preferences, not of others. But to be best heard, effective  leaders must take into account the preferences of many.

Tools like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), DiSC, Enneagram, The Big Five (FFM), and other personality profiles help you become more aware of your preferred style, and how your style affects others.

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