Knowing your own talents, knowing the talents of the team and using BP10 assessment to help make hiring decisions are three great things to know about the BP10 assessment as a tool for growing a strong business leadership team.
The first step in growing your leadership team is to focus on knowing your own talents really well. As discussed in an earlier blog, working with a strengths coach will help you to really understand what your 10 themes of talent are after you’ve taken the B10 assessment. After you have a good handle on your 10 themes you can then begin to better understand how your unique leadership style works to accomplish your business objectives as a leader. There are three styles measured by the BP10 assessment. The ten themes you learn from taking the BP10 assessment directly relate to the three styles on the assessment. This blog will cover the those three leadership styles.
The Three Styles
The three styles are Strategic, Activator, and Relational. No one style is better than another. Remember, this is a talent/strengths assessment. Each of the three styles is required for a team to be well rounded in its activities to grow the business.
The First Style
The first style is a Strategic Style. The talents that are expressed as a strategic style are Confidence, Profitability and Selling. You will be able to learn more about the talents that make up the styles in my blog “The 10 behaviors of successful entrepreneurs.” This style understands growth and can see the path through all the available options to formulate a successful strategy. People with this style are goal oriented and measure success in terms of profitability. People with the strategic style see the long-term and big picture view for the direction of the business while charting the daily steps to get there efficiently. They are often the voice and face of the company and are great at painting the vision for the future.
The Second Style
The second style is Activation and is expressed by Delegator, Determination, Independence and Risk. These are all talents that make things happen. Activation Style has a positive effect on productivity and is able to help drive projects to completion and on time. This style works hard to achieve the business goals.
The Third Style
The third and final style is Relational and is expressed as Disruptor, Knowledge, and Relationship. It is easy for people with this style to build relationships that create collaborative environments that benefit business outcomes. People with the Relationship style quickly identify and incorporate others talents in order to create solutions which disrupt and steer market trends in new directions. They easily turn customers and employees into effective advocates for the business.
Understanding the styles and how the talents are expressed through these styles adds another layer of depth when using them. Embrace your style and use it to accomplish your role in the business. Encourage the style in others on the decision making team. Interdependence of your styles will bring a seamless execution of the business activities and growth.
The hardest thing about the three styles is when people with different styles judge the other styles. When one style is preferred over another, it can lead to conflict on the team. The best way to avoid this is to know and understand the styles and how each of them contributes to the vitality and strength of the business. Even solo business owners can creatively round out their team with these three styles. We’ll look at this in more depth in the next blog on the BP10 assessment.
Now It’s Your Turn
What is your style and how do you use it when performing your responsibilities in the business?