KNOWING YOUR COMMUNICATION STYLE IS THE KEY TO DEALING WITH DOMINANT PERSONALITIES
It is no secret that most executives have dominant personalities.Their take charge attitude and ability to get things done quickly is often the very trait that got them where they are! However, there can be costly casualties from this win-or-go-home communication style.
Do As I Say Dominants
For managers of human resources, you are often called on to coach and guide these executives as they try to make the best decisions possible for their organizations. Some C-Suite managers view direct and decisive communication as leadership and don’t see the consequences of collaboration and consensus.
If you are a “dominant” communicator as well, these conversations are usually direct and to the point. Executives want everyone “to get to the bottom line” quickly! But these interactions can also be destructive as each side struggles to present their point-of-view.
What about the Rest of Us?
If dominance is not your natural style, this can be a struggle. In addition, if the executive has overused his/her dominant style, you often need to be the “mediator” and “peace maker”…and this can be exhausting.
Some disagreement is always good in the workplace as long as it resolves itself and the overall company goals are more solid as a result of the difference. Resolution oftentimes comes with effective communication of points and counterpoints. But what if an employee or executive struggles just to be heard? Does that make their contribution any less valuable?
Start by Knowing Your Own Communication Style
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