Earlier this year, I posted about a training that I took by the Leadership Circle.  In the post, I said I was going back and forth about making my profile public.  Since that time, we had an opportunity to share our profiles at the Humanizing Work training and in a public Leadership course. When I was sharing my profile, I honestly didn’t think much about it in the moment.  I thought of it as a more realistic example to understand what you can learn.

However, the responses afterwards were eye-opening.  I know that being vulnerable is powerful.  I know that sharing personal experiences is motivating.  Yet, I wasn’t prepared for the reactions.

  • For people who had worked for me (when I’m trying to create high performing teams not working groups): I received responses such as “yep, that’s extremely accurate”, “this nailed you”, etc
  • For people who didn’t know me directly but have followed this blog or seen a conference session(s): I received responses like “this really aligns with what you share”,  “this makes sense for my perception of you”, etc
  • For people who didn’t know me at all: I received a wider range of responses “thank you for having the courage to share”, “that additional share helped me understand what I would gain from this tool”, “how long did you have to work on your skills as a leader to get this profile”, “I hope I get someone like you as a leader”, etc

I know that I have so much more room to grow – so I’m always caught off guard by reactions to the things I share.  Yet, that’s also a purpose I’ve found so powerful – helping others on their journey by sharing mine.  So here is my profile chart:

A few of my profile insights: 

  • What I found most comforting is that my base profile results (creative leadership strengths and reactive tendencies) were not surprising. For many years, I’ve actively been focused on my grow as a leader and consistently willing to be vulnerable about my challenges.
  • Yet, this framework allowed me to uncover deeper aspects.  For example, I remain super critical of myself especially when I dive into the details but when stepping back as a whole, I’m able to own my leadership results.  There was one instance in my career where I didn’t go to bat for someone that was being fired.  Honestly, it could be argued both ways and the decision was not mine; so I said a little and then went quiet.  I regret that all these years later.  So much that I can completely answer questions as if I have no integrity at all.  Yet, when I think overall, I’m able to put it in perspective.  This is a big step in me letting go of some assumptions/fears that are just not valid or as big as I like to make them
  • I have a tendency to underestimate my abilities but am fairly accurate in my self-assessment in the reactive areas to improvement on.
  • Another example of realizing something from this, that I am able to be the leader I want to be whether the environment is healthy or toxic (my results were consistent across a variety of environments). I just didn’t think about this dynamic until my profile helped me notice.

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Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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