This semester, Buccino Leadership sophomores were given the opportunity to take the DISC Assessment, an assessment usually intended for CEOs and leaders well established in their careers. The assessment provided the Buccino Leaders unparalleled insight into their own strengths and weaknesses.
This assessment is paired with the Myers Briggs and EQI 2.0 assessments already taken by the leadership students. By having a few different assessments to cross reference, students are able to see the overlap between the results and truly begin to understand and recognize their strengths and weaknesses.
For many people knowing strengths and weaknesses is an important step towards becoming a strong leader. Understanding how you interact with other leaders and people that you work with can mean the difference in a project or business setting. Complementing your strengths and weaknesses with those on your team allows for a leader to truly be effective. Some leaders may be more assertive and task oriented while others take a more hands-off approach, trusting their team to get the job done. Still others prefer to follow rules and clearly outlined objectives, while others prefer to work with big ideas. None of these styles are better than another, but all of them working together are the hallmarks of a good team.
The Institute's pillars of collaboration and conflict management take center stage when discussing assessments. A true leader does not always work unilaterally, but leads people and develops them for the good of the team. Some people are under the assumption that being quiet or introverted means that you will be a poor leader or lack influence in a group environment. This is not the case and a healthy balance of introverted and extroverted leaders creates the strongest team environment. Understanding the differences between these different types of team members allows a team to avoid conflict. For example, the quietest person in the room often has the most thought out and influential ideas, while the spokesperson or person who takes charge and works as a vocal leader is extremely important as well.