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Activate Report - Session Two - Your leadership style

Activate Participant :     Simone McKenzie

Position :                       Relationship Officer

Organisation :               Committee for Geelong

Session :                        Week 2

Theme :                          Your Leadership Journey

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When putting pen to paper, I use my right hand. I guess I could say it has been my strengths-based approach to writing since kindergarten; the reason being is that my left hand is useless, or so I believed.

It was during an interactive workshop with Paige Williams during CfG's Activate Leadership Program did I become aware to an underlying strength; with focus and determination I COULD write with my left hand AND it was legible - another tool on my belt, so to speak.

My leadership style has also been somewhat limited to just a few key strengths; whether it be at home, the workplace or in the middle of a yacht race I was always juggling the same 'strength-based tools' such as showing respect, determination and a focus on the task at hand - whether they were actually suitable at the time is questionable.

When Damian O'Malley handed me my Everything DiSC Workplace® profile - a simple tool to provide information about workplace priorities and preferences in Dominance, Influence, Conscientiousness and Steadiness - I discovered that I am the owner of a wider range of underlying strengths that, with some focus and nurturing could allow me to develop effective leadership skills in a variety of challenging situations. My DiSC® Style is considered a Di: a focus on being strong-willed and direct however the underlying strengths I can develop are being optimistic and enthusiastic leader to balance out the firm and forceful traits.


The definition of a crazy person is one who repeats the same thing over and over hoping for a different result. Was that me? Who knows? What I do know is that I'll trial these new found strengths and do things differently to aim for a different result.

But more importantly, now that both hands write legibly, I wonder if I can paint with my feet!



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