I took the DISC personality test and honestly the results do not surprise me much. I related to the most adjectives in column 2 (7) and a close second was column 1 (6) and I dabbled a little in column 3 (2). I do believe that I thrive from the relationships I have with others, but I can’t stand more than 30 minutes doing meticulous office work. Paperwork is the hardest part of my job and where I am the least efficient. But when it comes to interacting with my staff and the patients, it is so easy and it brings me so much joy in my day to day life. I think I resonated with column 1 so much NOT because I am actually a dominant person, but because I strongly believe in being transparent and direct in how I communicate with others. I’ve learned from being in a supervisor position that being passive does not hold for long, and earning the respect of others does not come from people-pleasing.
My leadership style is to blend all three styles, but I don’t always succeed in the Laissez-Faire style. I like to know I can depend on things getting done, and I don’t always know how to be laid back. However, anyone who has been on the south end of micromanagement knows it is miserable, and finding that balance as a leader is crucial if you don’t want to irritate or burn out your team.
I want to remember that though I don’t exceed at sitting still long enough to complete tedious paperwork, I can balance out the paperwork inbetween the time I spend with my patients and my staff. I want to spend my time wisely so that I don’t let the basic important parts of my job slip through the cracks. I could also expand my leadership styles as I build trust with my team and realize I can depend on them without having to direct their every move.