Discovering how you lead

Discovering how you lead, follow and work best with others.

Interpreting the DISC

Involvement / Personality Perspective

  1. First give God your “giftedness” to use for His glory
  2. Read the sections of D, I, S, or C and Spiritual Gifts influences on the Interpretation page which correspond with your highest plotting points on your Graphs 1& 2.
  3. Look for opportunities for ministry to use your “giftedness”
    1. Search the Scriptures for insights on how God can use you.
    2. Ask your minister or a mature Christian friend to guide you.
  4. Get involved in a ministry ASAP.
  5. Pray God will control you and make you “all things to all men

D Behavior (Active / Task-oriented)

Abilities:  Lead, take stand, confront issue, persevere, dictate, make decisions and control

Opportunities:  Organize needed ministry, chair Stewardship Committee, head Usher’s Committee.  Commit to specific challenge.

Warning:  You want to control everyone, but must first control yourself.  Remember, “to have authority, you must be under authority.”  Be loyal to your leaders.

Reward:  Follow your spiritual leaders.  Allow Christ to be the Lord of your life, and God will use you in a great way to move the ministry forward.

Prayer:  “Dear God, control my driving demanding and dominant personality, so I can be a strong and peace-making leader for Your glory.”

I Behavior (Active / People-oriented

Abilities:  Communicate, inspire, influence, make friends, optimism, enthusiasm

Opportunities:  Give public testimony, drama, social committee, greeter, encourager, lead discussion group and visitation.

Warning:  You naturally out-shine others.  Don’t serve purely through your “personality.  Also, pride and sinful lusts will destroy your testimony.

Reward:  God designed you to shine for Him.  When you allow Him to shine through you, He will use you in greater ways than you ever imagined.

Prayer:  “Dear God, keep me humble to do your will, not mine.  Help me give You and those who praise me the credit for all You have done.”

C Behavior (Passive / Task-oriented)

Abilities:  Analyze, improve, discern, calculate, follow directions, do the right thing

Opportunities:  Finance Committee, long-range planning, office, record information, research, teach, organize and order curriculum

Warning:  Due to your cautiousness, criticism comes easy.  Don’t always be pessimistic and hard to convince.  Increase your faith in God and trust those you follow.

Reward:  Ministers need competent people to fulfill their visions.  You can be a great blessing if you continually look at the possibilities, rather than impossibilities.

Prayer:  “Dear God, help me be optimistic in the midst of problems – a source of encouragement to those who find faith and victory difficult.”

S Behavior (Passive / People-oriented)

Abilities:  Support, serve, specialize, finish what others start, work behind the scenes, do what needs to be done.

Opportunities:  On call whenever needed, hospital visitation, encourage new members, office, keep records, telephoning and counseling

Warning:  Shyness hinders your opportunities to do great things for God.  Be more aggressive and assertive.  Be careful, people may take advantage of you.

Reward:  Believing God’s promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you, step out and try the difficult.  You may be surprised what God can do.

Prayer:  “Dear God, I know you use the weak things to confound the mighty and I often don’t feel capable of serving you, but through Your grace I will.”

C Behavior (Passive / Task-oriented)

Abilities:  Analyze, improve, discern, calculate, follow directions, do the right thing

Opportunities:  Finance Committee, long-range planning, office, record information, research, teach, organize and order curriculum

Warning:  Due to your cautiousness, criticism comes easy.  Don’t always be pessimistic and hard to convince.  Increase your faith in God and trust those you follow.

Reward:  Ministers need competent people to fulfill their visions.  You can be a great blessing if you continually look at the possibilities, rather than impossibilities.

Prayer:  “Dear God, help me be optimistic in the midst of problems – a source of encouragement to those who find faith and victory difficult.”

S Behavior (Passive / People-oriented)

Abilities:  Support, serve, specialize, finish what others start, work behind the scenes, do what needs to be done.

Opportunities:  On call whenever needed, hospital visitation, encourage new members, office, keep records, telephoning and counseling

Warning:  Shyness hinders your opportunities to do great things for God.  Be more aggressive and assertive.  Be careful, people may take advantage of you.

Reward:  Believing God’s promise that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you, step out and try the difficult.  You may be surprised what God can do.

Prayer:  “Dear God, I know you use the weak things to confound the mighty and I often don’t feel capable of serving you, but through Your grace I will.”

Leadership Insights

Most everyone responds to life’s challenges and choices according to his or her personality.  Therefore, individuals who relate to others must be personality wise.

  

     For example, High “S” leaders should not engage High “D” followers in small talk.  “D’s” prefer leaders who get-to-the-point.  They want “bottom line” answers.  They respond best to those who are not going to waste their time 

     On the other hand, High “S” followers feel comfortable with leaders who are systematic, slower and steady in their approaches.  “S’s” don’t like fast talking, quick pace responses.  “S’s” respond best to stable and sensitive leaders.

Leader Styles

Follower Styles

“D” Leaders – 

     “D’s” are take control and be in charge types.  They don’t like people telling them what to do.  “D” leaders can be too pushy and forceful.  They need to control their direct and demanding approach to management.  They make better leaders when they learn to slow down, be gentle, and not so demanding of others.

“D” Followers – 

     “D’s” respect strong leaders.  They want to be part of a winning team.  They follow with power and authority in mind.  They wonder, “Will this action make me more respected and / or get the job done?”  “D” followers need choices, rather than “get-in or get-out” ultimatums.  They need opportunities to do their own thing.

“I” Leaders – 

     “I’s” are inspiring and enthusiastic.  They love to lead and influence others.  Naturally great presenters, they tend to talk too much.  “I” leaders need to listen more and not be so sensitive to rejection.  They are the most impressive and positive leaders.  “I’s” love crowds, but need to be interested in individuals.

“I” Followers – 

     “I’s” follow with their hearts.  They tend to be impulsive followers.  They want opportunities that will make them look good.  “I” followers talk a lot.  They make great first impressions.  Their high egos and ability to persuade often turn them into the leaders in order to rise to the top.  Sometimes you don’t know who’s leading whom.

“S” Leaders – 

     “S’s” are the sweet, steady and stable leaders.  They seldom demand anything.  They are friendly and loyal, but tend to be too nice.  They need to be more aggressive and assertive.  Overly sensitive to their shortcomings, “S’s” need to be more confident.  They hate to take risks.  They often miss opportunities because of their caution.  Reliable and relaxed, they are more reserved.

“S” Followers – 

     “S” followers don’t make quick decisions.  They like leaders who are understanding and gentle.  They want to establish a relationship with a leader who will be around for a long time.  “S’s” are concerned about service and stability.  When it comes to sensible and slow judgment, “S” followers feel right at home.  They like familiar and low-key environments.

“C Leaders – 

     “C’s” are competent and compliant.  They go by the book and want to do everything just right.  They are thorough and detail oriented, but tend to be too informative.  “C’s” need to be more positive and enthusiastic.  They answer questions people aren’t asking.  When optimistic, “C’s” are extremely influential.  They should not concentrate on problems, but focus on potentials.

“C” Followers – 

     “C’s” are “Consumer Report” type followers.  They analyze each decision.  They love research and development.  “C’s” are quality oriented followers.  They don’t like quick or costly decisions.  Picky and precise, they follow with their minds, rather than hearts.  “C’s” seldom respond positively at first.  They often want time to think about their decisions.  Once convinced, they follow best.

Tamara Marcella Ministries
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