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Enjoys Making Decisions

One of the biggest strengths that high D personalities bring to the table is their love of making decisions. They are natural decision makers thanks to their love of power and control. This can be very appealing for companies who are looking to hire you although it does depend on the job you are applying for. Impulsive by nature and able, with training and experience, to cut very well to the bottom line (i.e. see the critical path), they look for and take authority and if they are provided with resources and authority they will be very decisive for their teams.

This can obviously be of great benefit to companies - people without this skill can often shy away from making decisions for fear of failure but high D personality types do not fear failure - what they fear instead is appearing soft, appearing weak as well as losing control or being micromanaged or overruled.

Business benefits of 'Enjoys making decisions':

  • They are natural decision makers - just ensure they spend effort and time listening to others
  • They can transform indecisive teams if given enough power/respect
  • Natural leader - the person who makes decisions well will be respected and followed
  • Natural problem solver - in order to make decisions they often must solve problems so these skills/strengths go hand in hand
When someone has a natural strength it is easy to train them in it and make them superb at related skills.

How to become better at making decisions

Firstly, you have to cultivate your lack of fear of getting it wrong. If you are a natural high D then it is highly likely that you are already not scared of failure. Understand that you and your team learn from every failure but try and develop a habit of failing fast - i.e. if a decision you have made is clearly going wrong, then encourage the team to help you fail fast rather than string out a bad decision. They will respect you more for it which is something, if you're a high D, that you should crave as it will help you get results more quickly and ultimately give you more power and control.

Be aware of how others can view this strength - you may come across as impulsive, uncaring and reckless. Ensure you bring others along with your decisions by listening to their points of view and explaining how you have arrived at your decisions. Try and remember that any rules which have been put in place are there for a reason, but if you decide to break them, explain your rationale to the team. High C's in particular will respect you more if you can show them how you are adapting and helping to improve the system rather than discarding it completely.

As a good decision maker you should learn more about decision making models. This will impress interviewers and colleagues alike as you will be able to back up your decision with proven decision making models. Check out this list of decision making tools: Vroom Yetton Jago decision model, the Kepner-Tregoe Matrix, OODA Loops, Grid Analysis, paired comparison analysis, AHP, conjoint analysis, pareto analysis, decision trees - the list goes on! (see the Mind Tools linnk below for more info on these)

Training Materials

These training materials will help anyone who wish to become better at decision making.


What now?

You should decide which strength you wish to extend the most or which weakness you wish to mitigate and purchase one or more of the training materials available at the bottom of each strength/weakness page.

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