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Looks For and Takes Authority

Someone with this personality strength will normally make a great director of projects. If you have this strength, it is highly likely that you enjoy controlling your work environment, directing others to overcome challenges. Understand that directing is slightly different to leading - leading involves persuasion, influence and vision whilst directing involves vision and control. The best directors should have a mix of control, persuasion, influence and listening skills so that they can move the entire team in one direction.

This can bring many benefits to businesses. Not everyone relishes the chance to be in control but someone with this strength certainly does. That means this person will be very useful for any challenging projects you may have - communicate clearly what the results should be, give the person some measure of authority and they will run with it. If giving someone with this strength authority, be sure to encourage them to bring everyone in the team along with them - i.e. encourage them to explain why decisions have been made or why certain things should be done and to listen to the team.

Business Benefits of 'Looks for and takes authority':

  • Good at directing others
  • Confident of being in control - as a result, can be better at focusing at the problem in hand
  • Confident in new environments and at working with new people
  • Can make fantastic leaders if trained in other areas such as listening and influencing

High D's often appear confident to other people and are naturally given control in many (if not most) situations. Understand that 'confidence' is a perception which can actually be trained. People appear confident because they appear unconcerned by other peoples opinions (in reality they may or may not be, it doesn't matter) and they appear unafraid to fail. This produces an impression in other people that they are confident, and therefore must know what they are doing!

How to become better at 'Taking authority'

The primary drivers for someone having this skill are the way that they view work situations - they have a tendency to view most situations as one in which they have power or control and they also tend to look at the current situation as being 'unfavourable' i.e. they don't like what they currently see.

This leads naturally to a desire to take control and change the current situation more to their liking. If you want to get better at taking authority, it follows that you should practice looking at the current project/situation and seeing what is wrong with it and how it could be improved. You should also cultivate a feeling of power and control - you can do this through practice. If you see that a change would improve the existing situation then try and change it. You will often find that most people, even managers, will tend to cede power and control if they sense that you know what you are doing.

You should also practice the skills required for taking authority.

  • Directing others
  • Controlling people - telling them what to do next etc
  • Self-confidence and feeling safe in new environments - this can take practice if you are not a natural but everything practiced becomes easy.

Of these three things to practice, probably feeling safe in new environments is the trickiest to define how to improve. It's similar to overcoming shyness. Understand firstly that someone who naturally looks for and takes authority is not concerned by what others think of them. This can be perceived as confidence which is why ceding of control often results.

Training Materials

The Amazon UK books below are all highly rated and relevant to this strength.

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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