As per DiSC, I'm a DC: Dominant Conscientious. In brief, that means I'm things like results-oriented, strong-willed, and direct on the dominant side and analytical, precise, and systematic on the conscientious side. It also apparently means that I should have difficulty offering support and encouragement to my staff, not be good at delegating, and find it challenging to allow others a say.
The latter part of the assessment astounded me. I'm far from perfect and am actively looking to learn and improve, but I do know that I am as far from that as a leader and manager as I can get. My husband's reaction: I had started out as a DC but had consciously evolved from there.
I know that I've actively worked on my leadership and management for years now. It started with me not doing what I hated done to me and what I saw not work for others. It then evolved to reading and incorporating what I've read and feedback I received. And my journey and learning continue.
I've also become more of an ambivert and less of an introvert...and spend a lot of time writing about what I've learned. I have evolved into someone I could not have predicted.
I don't know where my journey is leading me or who I will become in five, ten, or fifteen years from now. This part of the journey has been tough. I've had such highs and lows...and the lows have been too frequent and scary, but I am growing and still evolving.
Someone recently asked me on a scale of one to ten, how close I was to being the person I wanted to become. Despite the current rough patch, I said a seven. I am proud of everything that I'm learning, proud of the tough decisions I've made instead of the easier ones that would have left me a lesser version of myself, and hopeful of what is to come.
Life is a journey and one's identity is ever evolving. It is up to each of us, with every choice we make, to take a step closer to who we were meant to be.
So on a scale of one to ten, how close are you to being the person you want to be?