Many people find themselves in a new supervisory position without any leadership training. They quickly realize leadership is not the same as a position, or a title, or a uniform. The basic principle of leadership is that leaders help others do their job better. New managers should not forget they still need to help their unit succeed.
One big difference between a leader and a supervisor is self-awareness. This is where DISC can help to understand oneself better, strengthen natural skills, and develop new leadership abilities. Some managers choose only to use the authority given to them in their new position. Their focus is on policy, procedures, and disciplinary action. While this approach may work to a certain level, at the end, these types of managers can potentially drive talent away.
Let’s look at 3 key leadership skills using DISC personalities as the lens to talk about the difference between a leader and a manager.
Communication is a large piece of effective leadership. New managers might think this means simply talking at their subordinates. There is always a need to disseminate information in organizations. The key communication skill is listening to the team.
New managers often think they have to make every decision and lead every charge. However, when the team is given partial power to run themselves, the leader actually gains more power because of the mutual trust with the team.
Managers may not want to look bad and will search for a scapegoat. Leaders know that at the end of the day, there was probably something more they could have done to prepare the team.
Becoming a manager is usually associated with having knowledge about process, policies, and performance metrics. Evolving into an effective leader takes introspection into one’s self, making changes, and improving how they interact with others. The DISC Leadership Report is a solid first step to developing a manager’s leadership skills.
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