As much as it is important to be aware of someone’s strengths and focus on them, it is also very useful to be mindful of their difficulties and what they struggle with. In saying this, remember that someone’s behaviour can be a representation of how they are feeing about themselves, so when you notice these you will understand “it’s all about them” and not you. This level of awareness will allow you to avoid become a casualty of their limitations.
This this context, let’s have a look at each of the 4 styles:
The Dominant (D) style is challenged by being under authority as they like to rule the roost. Being sensitive to others feeling and a friendly approach to people around them is somewhat uncomfortable.
The Inspiring (I) style finds being more credible difficult. They can have a natural flare for forgetting past commitments so it is useful for someone to keep them accountable here. They may also have a tendency to twist the truth – watch them and keep them honest regarding the facts of a situation.
The Steady (S) behavioural style, being intravert by design, struggles with being decisive. Taking immediate action on issues and being firm are areas of improvement for them. They can do it, but the transition to these new found behaviours can be highly stressful for them … slowly but surely is the best approach for them.
Finally, the Conscientious (C) style often has a cold, clinical and mechanical approach, so caring for others is somewhat unchartered waters for them. They don’t take easily to criticism and hence often end up getting hurt by what others say about them. Lightening up and having fun is also a challenge for them. They can get so bogged down into the details of something and often miss the simple (and possibly lighter) view of a situation.