If you want to succeed, you need to own it
The more we understand our own personality and behavioral responses, the better able we are, both as individuals and teams, to work together effectively and avoid the blame game when things go wrong.
In his recent article, The Blame Game, Marc Corsini observes, When salespeople, professionals or executives are underperforming, they usually complain about others first.
We all have our strengths and struggles. But those who understand and take responsibility for their behavior, will gain respect from others and have a healthy respect for themselves. Accepting personal responsibility is one of the most important factors in defining a person’s true character.
There is something liberating about being behaviorally aware. DNA Behavior’s Natural Behavior Discovery process offers significant insights into our “go to” behavior – our default reaction when under pressure, or when we make a mistake or lose focus among life events.
Sometimes, when we’re struggling or lose confidence, rather than asking for help, we blame others for our lack of performance or our mistakes. On occasion, we are the ones being blamed and fail to stand up to the accuser. But the reality is that such a response is immature. We need to take responsibility for our own behaviors and responses. Becoming behaviorally smart is as simple as completing a highly-validated psychometric questionnaire and receiving detailed personality insight, together with detailed information on how to build on our strengths and manage our struggles.
Further, becoming behaviorally smart through completing the DNA Behavior Natural Discovery process will also reveal other areas where it is important to take responsibility for our behavior. For example:
- How we lead others.
- How we communicate and wish to be communicated with.
- The environment within which we are more likely to flourish.
- How we perform on a consistent basis
- Our reaction to the financial markets when they fluctuate.
- How we approach decision making.
- How willing we are to take risk or not.
- Our biases (we all have them, but the key is knowing what they are and how to manage them).
In leadership, it’s likely that people will work more effectively if leaders understand them. Sounds simple! But without insight into personality, communication, strengths, and struggles, leaders can’t be successful.
When a leader is self-aware and has gained insights into how to manage others through understanding and managing behavior – success is the outcome.
Carol Pockington is a Human Performance Accelerator. She has worked with Hugh Massie since 2001 as the DNA Behavior concept was conceived. She works with people and businesses worldwide. Her real-world application of behavioural insights, gives her the capability to serve as a business strategist, coach, mentor, and trainer. She is also a prolific blogger, a public speaker and author, specializing in human behavioural insights.
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