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Personality Styles: The Lion/Dominant

Living and Leading in Your Strengths; The Lion or Dominant Style
John H. Thurman Jr., M.Div., M.A., LCMHC

Have you ever wondered why you do the things you do and why other people may or may not get it?
Want to understand yourself and your coworkers and teammates better. Then keep reading.
Personality is the motor which drives behavior. It’s consistent over time and across situations and has been proven to predict our success at work over the course of 50 or more years. 
I have spent the past two decades helping business men and women, ministry leaders, as well as service member leaders understand their personality styles as well as gaining insight into the styles of their teammates. I hope you will glean some fresh nuggets of truth as we spend a little time together looking at some of the unique ways that God has hardwired you.
An individual’s unique combination of these four factors influences his or her success at work in three main ways. Firstly, it determines how and why we’re motivated to achieve individual goals – for example, people who score high on extraversion are more motivated to reach a goal if there’s a reward involved. Secondly, personality affects our mood, which in turn affects the way we respond to people and situations at work. Studies have found that conscientiousness and agreeableness indirectly affect organizational citizenship behavior via their impact on job satisfaction – simply put if we’re happier in our jobs, businesses, and day to day lives, we’re more likely to be better ‘citizens’ at work. Thirdly, our personality profile affects our interpersonal relationships, making it an important determinant of work success when that work involves getting along with other people.
I want to encourage you to read all four post as there will be two this week and two next week followed by a free webinar, but more on that later.
Let’s begin.
One of the most widely accepted models of personality styles – the DISC model which uses four distinct scales to describe personality. Dr. John Trent has done an excellent job of taking the DiSC letters and using animals to model the four types. The Dominant style is the Lion, the Influencer style is the Otter, the Steadiness style is a Golden Retriever, and last, but not least is the Compliance style or the Beaver.
The first of the four styles is the D. For those of you familiar with other labels; this would be the Choleric or Lion.
The D in the DISC language stands Dominant. People with this behavioral style tend to shape their environment by overcoming opposition to accomplish results. I will be using the animal.
The Lion, the dominant personality style, has a strong sense of self-worth and is task-oriented.
Dominant/Lion Types are:

  • Aggressive Problem Solvers who are firm, quick decisions makers
  • Their basic desire is to be in control.
  • They tend to be fast-paced, results oriented
  • They are motivated by directness
  • They tend to be bold and action oriented

Emotional Needs

  • Loyalty
  • Sense of Control
  • Appreciation
  • Credit for work

Leadership Style

  • Bold-Big Picture
  • Intensely Purposeful
  • Rely on the power of their personality

Blind Spots

  • Fear being taken advantage of
  • Can be insensitive to others
  • Can become cynical and condescending to others when others don’t measure up.
  • Can be impatient.
  • Controls others by threats of anger.

A Biblical character who was predominantly a high D/ Lion, the Apostle Paul.
One of my mentors and personal friends Florence Littauer penned a book a few years ago called Personality Plus in the Workplace. This is a great resource for business people. I was honored to write one of the endorsements for this great resource.
Another great resource is Leading in Your Strengths, by my friends, Dr. John Trent and Rodney Cox. Much of the material I use in my training comes from this easy to read and implement resource.
Next post, which will be Thursday will look at the Influencer/Otter.

(C) 2017 John H. Thurman Jr.
Let me know your thoughts, questions and comments.

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  1. Judy

    Looking forward to reading all 4 parts.

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