Understanding Personality and Why it Matters

This is a blog written by one of our subject matter experts who will be facilitating at the Supervisory Academy on November 1st. Janaki Severy will be facilitating the session titled “Communicating Effectively with Your Team.”


Leaders need a process through which they can better understand their own personality style, those on their team, and their peers. By understanding other’s styles, you can also understand their orientation and how they make sense in their world.  Each of us operates with a view of things that connects with our style orientation.


Understanding your behavioral style and that of others helps you to know why there are strengths of connections with others.  As a leader, it is useful to reduce differences between yourself and others by treating people the way they want to be treated.  You can learn how to recognize and work with each style, and learn the strengths and challenges of your own style through a personality test known as DISC.


All people produce patterns of behavior that can be identified and responded to.  If we can describe and adjust to those behaviors we can achieve more satisfactory interpersonal relationships.  We can also increase our chances of success in any area of endeavor where the people factor is involved without needing a profoundly deep understanding of people’s own inner selves.


When referring to the ability to influence interpersonal relationships, we mean the ability to learn how to shape our own communication so that others are more comfortable. We then can get to the business at hand instead of being deterred by misunderstanding.  When we intentionally control what we say and do, we should realistically expect our relationships to be more positive and effective.


Being in control means that we consider the behavior of other individuals and their preferences. It is then that we use our insight and skills to manage ourselves, taking words and actions less personally, and becoming more responsive in a mindful and strategic manner to reach positive outcomes as a whole.


By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand your own behavior better and how it can affect others
  • Recognize how others see you, based on your behavior style
  • Understand how each communication style interfaces with other styles
  • Learn how behavior styles change when under tension versus under pressure
  • Recognize communication patterns for each behavior style


For more information about Janaki Severy and her impressive background, click here to see her biography of all her professional accomplishments and her skills.


This is just one of the four sessions at The Supervisory Academy on November 1st:

  • Supervising  is Leading – Leadership Development
  • Communicating Effectively with Your Team
  • Fostering Respect In a Diverse Workplace
  • Techniques of Coaching and Mentoring

To register for this event and see detailed information about her session and the other sessions please click here!

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