In this section, I elaborate on my specific profile with the support of different tools.
Preferences in how I perceive the world and make decisions
Personality Test: Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
Embracing the values of honesty, dedication and dignity, people with the Executive personality type are valued for their clear advice and guidance, and they happily lead the way on difficult paths. In doing so, they demonstrate dedication and purposeful honesty, and an utter rejection of laziness and cheating. Executives are aware of their surroundings and live in a world of clear, verifiable facts – the surety of their knowledge means that even against heavy resistance, they stick to their principles and push an unclouded vision of what is and is not acceptable.
Their opinions aren’t just empty talk either, as Executives are more than willing to dive into the most challenging projects, improving action plans and sorting details along the way, making even the most complicated tasks seem easy and approachable. However, Executives don’t work alone, and they expect their reliability and work ethic to be reciprocated. Hard work and self-motivation are also strong principles, as they stick to projects until they’re finished, big or small.
These qualities combine to make the clear steps in advancement that Executives require in order to maintain a sense of accomplishment not just viable, but almost inevitable. They are incredibly efficient, and with their love of structure and thoroughness, they leave a record of accurate, complete work that is on time and on budget. Executives are natural auditors, financial officers, and business administrators.
PROFILE: ESTJ-A (Assertive Executive)
More extroverted than introverted in interacting with the environment
More thinking than feeling in how I make decisions
More observant than intuitive when directing mental energy
More judging than prospecting in
planning and decision-making
More assertive than turbulent when it comes to the confidence of my abilities and decisions.
My behavior and communication in specific environments
Personality Test: DISC
The combination of Dominance and Compliance represents a highly formal and structured individual with a forceful and blunt style. They tend to be diligent, tough-minded, and creative, influencing others through their high standards and determination. This type of person believes in getting things right and is rarely afraid to state their mind robustly and directly.
This is a behavioral style motivated by achievement and efficiency, as are all styles containing a high level of Dominance. In this case, however, this is modulated by the presence of a high Compliance factor, which also lends the character interest in detail and precision. This combination of efficiency and precision can be an effective one, and their bluntly assertive style helps them to achieve difficult tasks by sheer force of character. A team member who displays Dominance over Compliance possesses a spirit of independence – creating their own rules, resisting authority, and taking pride in what they can achieve on their own. Independence can foster self-reliance, self-regulation, and the freedom to create and innovate. Hence, this profile can help the team avoid stagnation.
The fear associated with this profile is failure to achieve their own standards, while they stick up for their own rights when in conflict. Warmth and more tactful communication could help them increase effectiveness. As a leader Dominant-Compliance profiles are often resolute, setting high expectations and speaking up about problems. They tend to be concerned with improving methods and procedures.
PROFILE: Dominance and Compliance
What energizes me in work and innovation processes
Personality Test: Foursight
Realists are practical, pragmatic, and reliable. Unlike others, this profile has a high preference for three out of four thinking patterns in the innovative process, which makes them very energetic.
They like to dive into problems, refine ideas, and act. Realists, like analysts, tend to be rational and systematic in their approach to innovation. But unlike analysts, realists have the energy to turn their ideas into reality. They find a problem, find a solution and they spend all their energy on making it a reality.
Their challenge is to learn to let their imagination run free and let it expand, to achieve an out-of-the-box approach. Realists become more effective as they learn to strengthen their ability to look at more alternatives and options. Realists can benefit from the conscious use of innovative tools and techniques to strengthen their ideas.
Clarifier (High preference): Enjoys exploring challenges and opportunities, likes to examine the details, wants a clear understanding of the issue, and prefers a methodical approach to solving problems.
Ideator (Low Preference): Likes to look at the big picture, enjoys toying with ideas and possibilities, likes to stretch their imagination, enjoys thinking in more global and abstract, and takes an intuitive approach to innovation.
Developer (High preference): Enjoys putting together workable solutions, likes to examine the pluses and minuses of an idea, likes to compare competing solutions, enjoys analyzing potential solutions, and planning the steps to implement an idea.
Implementer (High Preference): Likes to see things happen, enjoys giving structure to ideas so they become reality, and likes to focus on "workable" ideas and solutions.
Here is what you can expect from me as a leader
I like making decisions
Whether it's about projects or people, I find it very natural. As a leader, I have a preference for making decisions based on an informed, rational basis, but I often rely on my experience in the process and try not to be swayed by my emotions. For me, it's important to be professionally competent, but I don't need to be the one who knows the most. I am very confident in my strengths and see myself as a generalist who likes to surround myself with talented people who have different skills. My strength lies in my decision-making skills and my ability to read what profiles and processes need to ensure progress. I see myself as a strategic thinker who likes to look ahead. The big picture - the long-term vision - gives me daily purpose.
I set the bar high
Part of my motivation comes from big, ambitious, external goals that only those who have will, dedication, and work ethic can achieve. Another part comes from within - as something perpetually self-motivating - because I always want to be better than I was yesterday. I hope that part of my profile can inspire others and influence them to set high standards because I set them for myself. I am also a huge competitor. I am rarely in competition with others, but always in competition with myself - for better or for worse. Therefore, I also believe that hard work is more important than talent when it comes to achieving results. I would also characterize myself as a logical problem solver. If I find a problem, I dedicate much of my energy to finding a solution. Combined with a methodical approach to structure and systems, I strive to work efficiently day-to-day.
I believe in a close, personal relationship
I have a natural interest in people in the organization - whether it comes to motivation, collaboration, or conflict. In that way, I am driven to work with dynamics that develop the individual and bring the team together. In my role as a leader, I feel it is important to give something of myself and dare to show vulnerability. I believe this creates a stronger and more trusting relationship. In the team, I will therefore always try to establish psychological safety in order for everyone to feel comfortable expressing their expertise in the presence of colleagues. Furthermore, I take pride in being an authentic person whom everyone feels comfortable approaching if they have challenges - whether it is professional or personal.
I communicate directly and honestly
I believe in transparency and am not afraid to speak my mind. For some, I may seem very critical, but I always try to challenge with objectivity, pragmatism, and the common good (of the team, the customer, and the company) in mind. I believe in freedom with responsibility but love being involved so I can provide feedback and development. It gives me energy. Additionally, I think work should be fun and I will always do my part to ensure everyone is doing well. At work, I am therefore more extroverted than in my private life, where I am naturally more introverted and often recharge alone. My steadfastness means that I am someone you can rely on. If I say I will do something, you can be sure that I will see things through. In addition, justice is an important human value for me. As a leader, I will therefore go further than most to protect my employees' interests.