Imagine this: You have great ideas, a lot of self-motivation, and you are ready to get started! Well, almost… Details are not your forte.
Not only that, you have no interest in them, much less troubleshooting your project.
Instead, you go to your good friend and co-worker, Faye.
- No matter the project, Faye has an innate ability to scour the details and identify, assess, and reduce risks.
- She is able to slow you down, identify the potential minefields and bring them to your attention.
- Her judgment and counsel are invaluable because she is inevitably able to see things you did not.
- She has naturally good judgment, and after she is done with your project plan, it’s essentially bullet proof.
This because Faye is leveraging her Deliberative strength.
Things Are Not Always As They Seem
People strong in Deliberative know not to take everything at face value. Just because something appears to be air tight does not mean it is. You know that life is unpredictable, and beneath the surface you can sense the many risks.
For this reason, you approach life and your decisions with reserve.
You know that life is not a popularity contest, and that the right decisions are not always the most popular. Others can count on you to place your feet deliberately, and tread with care.
Leveraging Your Vigilance
As a Deliberative leader, your team can count on you to lead them in the right direction and to make well thought-out decisions for the team. You provide security and certainty, which is invaluable as a leader. Because you are not interested in popularity, you don’t play into office politics and can be relied upon to make unbiased decisions about your people and your team.
Your team will seek out your sound judgment.
As a leader, you also need to be aware that though you make great decisions, time plays a factor in the real world as well. Deadlines need to be met in order for things to get done. You know that all things carry inherent risks; it’s important for you to identify the most important ones and address those.
It’s not efficient to deliberate over every single factor. Be prepared to leverage people with strong Command, Activator, and/or Self-Assurance Strengths. They will help you make strong, efficient decisions and implement them. It’s also important to be aware of your team’s perceptions.
No, being popular isn’t more important than making good decisions, but your Deliberative can be misconstrued as an inability to act or tentativeness when addressing challenges or change.
As a leader, that can be detrimental to your cause.
To avoid this, make sure you explain your decision-making process, and that you find the risks in order to mitigate and reduce them.
Leading The Vigilant
If you are leading someone strong in Deliberative, they can be a great asset for you, especially if you are strong in Activator, Achiever, or Futuristic. You will be inclined to move quickly and may not have thought of every possible outcome or pitfall.
Though it may pain you to take a step back and slow down, you will have more successful endeavors that not.
Your partnership will also benefit them because you will be able to push them forward, as they have a tendency to sit still for long periods of time.
If you are a Deliberative person, what’s your process for decision-making? Do others come to you to help them make decisions? How to you avoid taking too long while still being thorough? If you lead someone with Deliberative, do you leverage them in team decision-making processes? I would love to hear your thoughts!
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