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Which Profile makes the best Leader?

An interesting question that gets posed on a regular basis…

Someone had to take the lead...

Last week, I was sent an article, describing the difference between Leadership and Management. A typical school of thought, that when analysed, suggests that Dynamo/Blaze profiles are the kinds of people we should be seeking as ‘leaders’.  It also described  a typical view of a ‘manager’, (having made them sound a lot less valuable) The way they described the Manager, exemplified the Steel and Tempo profiles.

Now, I understand why these schools of thought exist…  People can find the strategists , the Visionaries, the out of the box thinkers, the enigmatic, warm and people focused profiles more attractive… That’s one of their natural talents, these profiles tend to shine more, just by being the way they are. However, when you consider that the wealthiest man on the planet right now, Warren Buffett, is an Accumulator Profile. An introvert by nature. Systemized, planned, thorough and precise and he leads the business,  it kind of questions that ‘School of Leadership’ thought…

I was debriefing a Star Profile the other day, who up until 6 months ago, was hailed as the visionary leader in his business.  Quite literally, he was seen as a Star leader amongst others. His strong passion, vision, ability to excite and inspire others with new and bold projects, was exactly what was needed – until the financial crisis occurred, when his greatest talents became his biggest challenge. The business focused on cost cutting, restructure, detail and precision. He said he couldnt have felt more out of flow if he had tried and was aware that his ‘Talents’ were now being viewed as poor performance by the business.

A Lord profile I discussed this with, told me of how, until discovering her profile and value she rarely took the lead, always feeling in the shadow of the more extroverted profiles. However, when finally able to work in a team, that understood the profiles and knew her value, they recognised that it was crucial she took the lead on a project that required Clarity, Detail, Systems and information.  The project was an enormous success, the level of productivity was excellent and for the first time the team felt they had really grounded and succesfully completed a project. For the first time, she realised she was a Leader. Now, she knows there is a time and place where she is required to step up and that she too can ‘shine’

You see, there is no best profile to be a Leader. All 8 Profiles have tremendous Leadership qualities and abilities. True, they go about the delivery of that Leadership in a very different way and thats what makes them so valuable to your business.

Knowing that there is a time or situation, that is most appropriate for a particular profile to take the lead is really important

Here are the Leadership attributes and strengths from the different energies. It may help you as you determine who should be taking the lead on what and why its important to place value on all of them.

  • Dynamo Profiles – Task focused. Great at Initiation and getting things started. New projects. Action takers.
  • Blaze Profiles – People focused. Great at motiviating the team to action. Encourages strong collaboration and working to strengths.
  • Tempo Profiles – Activity focused. Great at consultation and connection. They ensure projects are delivered within timescales and to dependencies.
  • Steel Profiles – Data focused. Great at calculation of information and attention to detail. Ensures that clarity exists and completion occurs.

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Opportunity to recieve a free Talent Dynamics Profile Report and Personal Debrief

It wasnt quite the debrief John had expected

Would you like to have the opportunity to take your Talent Dynamics Profile Test for free? Plus, receive a personalised graph and ten page report, and a one-to-one Debrief session on what it means to you in your current role?

If so, please read on! We are looking for a small group of local people, to volunteer to help us in our training programme by being ‘live clients’ for our trainees to ‘practice on’.

We are running an exclusive training session on the 15th and 16th December, here in Preston. A small group of handpicked Trainers, Coaches and Leaders will be learning how to debrief their clients, using the Talent Dynamics Profile. As part of this training they will be working with real people who have just taken their profile test (this could be you!) who will then be given a one-to-one Debrief.

You will receive the value of this session (normally £197+vat) and gain some really cool insights for your current role, whilst the coaches will benefit from some real experience to use their new skills.

To take part in this opportunity, you need to be available at the Preston Tickled Trout on 16th December for 1.5 hours, the exact time to be confirmed.

If you want to be considered to take this opportunity up, please contact Michelle directly Michelle@talent-dynamics.com with your contact details, confirming your availability for the 16th.

Here are some testimonials from clients we have run Profile Debriefs with recently.

Since receiving the profile I have focused far more on my networking, relationship building and spearheading of campaigns.  The effect upon my revenue and business activity has been exceptional not only do I feel happier in what I am doing at work but my boss is happier because I am making us both more money! Robyn Waddington, Security and Integrated Services Team Leader, Nybor Resourcing Ltd

I’ve been struggling to really focus my personal development this year and was coming up with all the usual things to work on. I’d heard about Talent Dynamics and decided to take the test and debrief. I’m so glad I did as it has been extremely insightful and has really helped me to focus some key, value adding development activity as a result. It was such a huge help in understanding my drivers and behaviours and has become a critical reference tool for me, not only in understanding myself but also in what sort of work and situations I deal best with, as well as how I interact with my team and my stakeholders. I’d totally recommend it to anyone! Andrea Morrison, HR Consultant, Royal Bank of Scotland


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