Activate Report - Session Two - Your leadership style
: Simone McKenzie
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
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
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!