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By Kristeen Bullwinkle & The Talent Gear Team | December 08, 2015
They can be overly cautious because they value stable environments. They're naturally wary of change and innovation can cause them stress. They are also more comfortable out of the spotlight.
You're likely to notice these leaders giving others credit or acknowledging their own mistakes. They are better able to maintain their composure and keep their personal egos in check than leaders strong in the other dimensions.
The last thing you need to see during challenging times is to witness your leader freaking out. It's hard to have faith in someone who is letting their emotions control them. Humble leaders know how to keep things in perspective--to take time to breath and make thoughtful decisions. They can take a step back from a problem to look at the bigger picture, to look back and around for a better perspective, and to see things from another's viewpoint. They give themselves the space to make better decisions based on more than an emotional reaction.
Some leaders filter their feelings through a trusted colleague, by getting fresh air or exercise, through meditation, or journaling. They acknowledge their fears and check them against reality. They recruit help when and where appropriate. They are uncomfortable with conflict so may have difficulty showing strength when their decisions are unpopular.
How High-Profile Professionals Stay Calm Under Pressure, Hubspot blogs
7 Ways Leaders Maintain Their Composure in Difficult Times, Forbes
How to Not Take Things So Personally, Coaching for Leaders
Is your communication only one-directional? Humble leaders know that they must listen to those around them, even those in much lower-level positions. Great leaders take the time to elicit communication from others. They empower others by showing that they and their opinions are valued. Plus they learn valuable information that wouldn't surface otherwise. They aren't the last to know that trouble is brewing somewhere in the organization.
Why leaders don't listen, Leadership Freak
Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy, Harvard Business Review
Why Leaders Need To Demonstrate Respect, Clear Vision Development
TED Talk: "5 Ways to Listen Better," Julian Treasure
The desire to be seen as reliable and have everything "just so" can hinder a leader in times of rapid change or during a major disruption that needs immediate attention. The humble leader has to expend extra effort to take risks; it's more natural for them to try to avoid trouble. They sometimes respect rules and traditions so much that they expand them to cover areas that weren't initially intended. Humble leaders need to learn how to stretch their boundaries and be more adventurous in looking for new opportunities.
While gaining input from others and focusing on the needs of the team are important, it's also important for a leader to show passion and confidence. Humble leaders tend towards emotional restraint and can have a hard time rallying people through their own energy and enthusiasm. Their low need for ego gratification and a desire to be inconspicuous can hide their leadership skills from those looking for more charisma and self-promotion.
The 8 Dimensions of Leadership Map is a quick assessment to give you an idea of your own style.
Different business situations often require different styles of leadership. Mentors, coaches and self-reflection can help any type of leader stretch into each of the leadership behaviors needed by every effective leader.
Here's an overview of lessons you can learn from each of the eight dimensions of leadership. These lessons and insights are drawn from The 8 Dimensions of Leaders: DiSC® Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader.
Lessons from Each of the 8 Dimensions of Leadership from TalentGear.com
A great leader must know how and when to use all of the eight dimensions of leadership. Here is a quick overview of all eight.
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