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The 8 Dimensions of Leadership: DiSC Strategies for Becoming a Better Leader
by Inscape Publishing's Jeffrey Sugerman, Ph.D., Mark Scullard, Ph.D., and Emma Wilhelm, M.S.
#3 on Businessweek List of New Business Books!
Nobody is really prepared to be a leader. Many leaders never planned on becoming one; it was simply the next step in their careers. That's why there are so many books on leadership.
Too many leadership books have too narrow a view, telling you to focus on your particular strengths. Your strengths only tell part of the story. What you really need is the big picture: a broad perspective on all of the behaviors needed to be an effective leader.
Based on the DiSC personality assessment The 8 Dimensions of Leadership identifies eight individual leadership styles and why they're important.
Your DiSC Map
Your 8 Dimensions of Leadership book will contain a bookmark with a website and access code to a short online DiSC assessment that should take less than 15 minutes to complete.
This assessment harnesses the power of the third generation of the DiSC® model of human behavior—one of the most widely used, scientifically-based approaches to assessing personality and improving interpersonal skills.
After completing the DiSC assessment, your one-page DiSC Map will reveal your primary leadership dimension—Pioneering, Energizing, Affirming, Inclusive, Humble, Deliberate, Resolute, or Commanding. You'll understand the psychological drivers, motivations, and "blind spots" characteristic of your primary leadership dimension. Your DiSC Map will also identify two dimensions that you may need to work on right now.
No one leadership style will take you all the way. For instance, a Humble leader may have a hard time making tough decisions, and a Commanding leader may run roughshod over people who could be allies. Based on your DiSC map, you'll be directed to specific chapters of the book that provide practical, research-based suggestions for improvement.
The 8 Dimensions of Leadership Will Help Expand Your Leadership Framework Using a Four-Step Process:
- Discover your primary leadership dimension
- Learn about the psychological drivers, motivations, and blind spots typical of leaders with your style
- Reflect on what really matters most in your leadership development right now
- Once you identify the dimension(s) in which you'd like to grow, learn the leadership lessons to help you get there
Learn from Real Leaders
The 8 Dimensions of Leadership includes short stories from real leaders that show you don’t have to be limited to your primary DiSC dimension. Just like the leaders profiled in the book, with the willingness to stretch and grow, any leader can develop a truly multidimensional approach to leadership.
Read an Excerpt from The 8 Dimensions of Leadership
The 8 Dimensions of Leadership Executive Briefing
Thank you to everyone who attended our 8 Dimensions of Leadership Executive Briefing in Des Moines! Attendees received a copy of the book and had an opportunity to meet Jeffrey Sugerman, Ph.D., and Mark Scullard, Ph.D..
Endorsements for The 8 Dimensions of Leadership
“For a fresh outlook on what it takes to be a great leader, read this book. The 8 Dimensions of Leadership is an insightful, practical guide—a leader could spend ten or twenty years learning some of the lessons you’ll take away. Don’t wait.”
—Keith Ferrazzi, bestselling author of Never Eat Alone
“The 8 Dimensions of Leadership is a treasure trove of practical leadership advice. Built upon a solid research-based foundation, the book is a remarkable collection of proven developmental strategies. Clear and engaging, it is a must-read for those who aim to sharpen their leadership skills and improve their interpersonal effectiveness.”
—Steven Snyder, founder and Managing Director, Snyder Leadership Group, and former CEO, Net Perceptions Inc.
“It is always refreshing to read a research-based book on leadership that presents convincing evidence that the best leaders are not ‘single celled’ or ‘one-trick ponies.’ The book guides all leaders to discovering new behaviors that enable them to go beyond their autopilot approaches and the ultimate ruts that so many leaders dig for themselves.”
—Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger Folkman, and coauthor of the bestselling The Extraordinary Leader and The Extraordinary Coach
“The quest for leadership is first an inner quest to discover who you are, and one of the best places to begin that quest is with The 8 Dimensions of Leadership. Jeffrey Sugerman, Mark Scullard, and Emma Wilhelm challenge the widely accepted, but fundamentally flawed, assumption that you should lead only with your strengths. They argue most persuasively that you must stretch yourself beyond your primary dimension in order to meet the demands of today’s multidimensional environment. This highly personalized book is based on solid evidence, crammed with real-life examples, and full of practical suggestions that you can use immediately. You will be, as I was, richly rewarded when you read it and apply it.”
—Jim Kouzes, Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, and coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and The Truth about Leadership
“An enormously valuable book for anyone interested in greater effectiveness in the new era of leveraging relationships! So much of what many of us want to get done these days requires an understanding of what makes us more or less comfortable as we engage with our world and the key people in it, and this should be considered a prime resource. Don’t let the simplicity and easily intuitive quality of its contents fool you. This is a power tool. As a more than twenty-year DiSC profile user and advocate, I was already familiar with and sympathetic to the basic model. But as I engaged with its simple but subtle concepts and suggestions, I was stunned by its ability to hit home for me in so many aspects of my own current leadership challenges and opportunities. It delivered instant validation and inspired direction for me. Bravo!”
—David Allen, Chairman, David Allen Company, and author of Getting Things Done