I have to admit, sharing my perspective on the RESERVED leader is the toughest for me. Why? Because I can understand Spanish better than I can understand Reserved… I had to rely more HEAVILY on the resources around me than on my own personal experience!
We’ve all heard the story of the tortoise and the hare, where a steady pace ends up finishing first. But what does that look like when it comes to leadership? Does a leader have to be the one that talks the loudest and the fastest? More often than not, the ones we see in the spotlight are the ones that are center-stage, in the spotlight. That certainly doesn’t MAKE someone a leader, and it’s absolutely not a requirement!
In chapter 5 of The 15 invaluable Laws of Growth, The Law of Consistency, John discusses the importance of daily discipline for continuous growth. From what I’ve seen, that’s one of the most critical parts of any leader’s life. In chapter 14 of Leadership Gold, Keep Learning to Keep Leading, John says “Successful people don’t see learning or achievement as a fixed destination to head for…” Leadership Gold also has chapters dedicated to the importance of asking questions and intentional listening. Each of these things are very visible when I look at the Reserved leaders I know.
In many cases, a Reserved leader is far more concerned about substance than appearance. They will often ask so many questions that the Outgoing (Fast-paced) person, like me, will get frustrated. Until I began studying this in Personality Insights, I was sometimes offended because they were questioning what I KNEW had to be the right thing to do… I now understand that this isn’t to put me on the spot, but to help them become comfortable with the rapid action I want to take…
One of the most effective Reserved leaders I’ve been able to work with will often choose to “sleep on” an idea before moving forward. For the Outgoing person, this is a form of torture. That said, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen them say something in haste that they immediately regret. (I can’t say the same for myself!)
While it’s certainly true that some personality styles tend to end up in specific career fields, this material has shown me that there’s not one perfect personality style for being a leader. You’re blessed OR cursed from birth. You can absolutely lead from where you are IF you do the work to learn where that is AND where the people you lead are. Either one alone is helpful, but Piecing Together Your People Puzzles can make a tremendous impact on how effective you can be with the people you’re responsible for!
Talk with you soon,