Leadership Character Development

A company wanted to build their leadership team so that supervisors collaborated and supported each other.

the issues

A company approached Dimensions to implement Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) for their new supervisory coaches. They wanted to build the team so that supervisors collaborated and supported each other.

the goals

A company approached Dimensions to implement Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI) for their new supervisory coaches. They wanted to build the team so that supervisors collaborated and supported each other.

the process

During an executive leadership meeting it was quickly realized that in addition to learning Myers Briggs Types they also wanted to develop skills for appreciating and utilizing each other’s differences and talents, as well as cultivating leadership skills. They wanted the importance of leadership skills practiced before management skills were taught. In addition, an desired outcome was for the new supervisory coaches to begin working together as a team rather than as individual supervisors.

We proposed MBTI plus building leader characteristics of humility, patience, emotional intelligence, integrity and respect. The executives decided that all levels of managers would benefit from the character development and expanded the initiative to encompass all levels of managers from the senior executive team to the supervisory level.

We included MBTI and exercises to not just realize type differences and different ways to take in information and problem solve. But also, through activities the participants developed an appreciation and realization of other ways of thinking.

We then introduced a metacognitive and experiential approach to practice and develop leadership skills through self-awareness techniques plus activities to actually experience the qualities.  The participants also had ‘homework’ and action items to practice the skills in non-work and non-threatening situations to begin to develop an appreciation of the impact the leadership qualities would have on their personal as well as professional lives.

the outcome

The outcomes were significant. Participants indicated that they changed behaviors and ways of thinking. Even their employees noticed a difference. A small group continued to meet and practice together. They discussed barriers and ways to overcome obstacles to become better leaders.