As I visit schools and provide training in DISC personality style to staff and parents, I’m often asked, “Can you change your basic personality style or is it just hard-wired in?” The exciting news in all areas of human development is that we can change and grow in many ways. Personality style is no different. We can change our perception. We can change our behavior. We can change our personality style.
However, it’s not always necessary to change our personality so much as it is to recognize and work in our strengths. Every personality style has strengths and areas of concern.
A high D personality style can be decisive and determined. Or they can be bossy and domineering.
A high I personality style can be interactive and inspiring. Or they can be impulsive and self-centered.
A high S personality style can be supportive and encouraging. Or they can be passive and too compliant.
A high C personality style can be conscientious and competent. Or they can be paralyzed by details and insensitive.
I think you get the picture. We all have the potential to maximize our strengths and be both a great leader and a great team-player but doing so means recognizing our areas of potential weakness and overcoming them. There is always room to grow and change for the better.
Although much of Carol Dweck’s work on the growth mindset is around the area of improving academics, it is also relevant to improving behavior. Just as we can teach kids that their behavior is “not yet” optimal, we can also teach that there is always another chance for change. Just as kids can be taught that they can learn and grow academically, they can also be taught that they can learn and grow behaviorally. Their daily behavior strengthens neural patterns making change and improvement easier and easier to repeat.
This is exciting news because we can help kids understand their potential for success. We can help kids learn to not only accept challenges but look forward to them because they mean growth. We can help them understand that their behavior now is not yet optimal but that there is opportunity for improvement starting right now. Notice as well that we aren’t passing out rewards, stickers, candy and toys to improve behavior. Instead we are focusing on the intrinsic reward of growth and goal achievement. We are creating a positive vision for the future. Most importantly we are preparing kids for the endless possibilities ahead.
Listen to Carol Dweck talk about the power of “not yet” over the tyranny of “now”.
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