Professional Development Plan Essay

The group members of Learning Team A took a DISC assessment to determine their personality types, strengths and weaknesses, and areas needing improvement. The members of the group are (your name). The Professional Development Plan will describe the strengths and weaknesses of each personality type, characteristics each type share and characteristics that could cause conflict, and how each type can work together. Along with showing how I the manager can better my ability to lead the team. The DISC assessment generated three personality types within the group: Interactive, Cautious, and Dominance. Three members of the group that include myself are labeled as Interactive. The Interactive strengths include enthusiasm, good people skills, optimists, persuasive, and charming. They do have some weaknesses that are just wanting to have fun, would rather have lunch with the client than be in the office, disorganized, and have poor-follow through. The member who was labeled Cautious their strengths are independent, dependable, good at follow-through, good listeners, but ask many questions, over critical, want perfection, uncomfortable around Interactive personalities, and work at a slow pace, which are all weaknesses. Last is the Dominance personality type they are goal-oriented, take authority, fast-paced, and willing to challenge outdated thinking and ideas.

Their weaknesses are what make them different from the other two personality types. They are not afraid to bend the rules, become annoyed with delays, and they figure it is easier to beg for forgiveness than ask for permission. Of the three types the Interactive personality is someone that is more of a people person and not so much business-oriented that is quite different from the Dominance and Cautious type. For each group member to work together as a team. They will first have to understand their strengths and weaknesses and use them as a tool for the group to achieve their goal. The Dominance and Cautious types have more in common than not. They are both productive, problem solving, efficient, independent, and have the same irritations. The only issue between these two types is the pace. The Cautious type prefers a slow pace where the Dominance type prefers a face pace just like the Interactive type, but they tend to be more spontaneous, unlike Dominance and Cautious types were they are more decisive and want perfection. Dominance and Interactive types have only one thing in common, high energy.

What they do not have in common is pace, goals, fears, motivators and irritations. There are no common characteristics between Interactive and Cautious types only Cautious types are uncomfortable with Interactive types. There are many characteristics that could cause issues between the two types that are organization, focus, and motivators. After understanding each personality type, the characteristics of each and what each have in common. The group members now need to utilize each of their own characteristics and use them as a tool to accomplish their goals. For example, if this group was working for a car dealership. I would suggest the Interactive types to be salesmen. They are good with people, and enthusiastic that is definitely needed for selling a car. They enjoy opportunities to talk and a major goal for them is to be recognized. For the Cautious types I would put them in a Human Resources position or maybe in the Accounting department. Those positions need people that posses the following traits: detail oriented, independent workers, and follow-through with their work. For the Dominance type I would see a manager position. They are comfortable in charge, fast paced, and are willing to take challenges head on. All these positions need one another for the dealership to thrive.

The DISC assessment labeled me with an Interactive personality and I actually disagree. I tend to have more of a Dominance personality. I want to be in charge, keep things at a fast pace, and tend to get irritated when there is a delay in my projects. I feel “a good leader is usually passionate about the organization and his or her work, exudes confidence in his or her abilities, can organizes and makes sense of complex situations, maintains high standards and inspires others to do the same, can motivate and inspire employees, and is generally looked up to as a person of vision” (Hill, 2009). This is a quote that I want base my leadership on. I agree with everything it expresses. I feel that I could inspire greatly the members of my group and motivate him or her to accomplish their goals. I look forward to learning more skills about becoming a leader. The DISC assessment has show all the different characteristics of each personality type. There are many traits that each type share and some that could cause some conflict, but without those certain people would not get that push needed to succeed in life. The group members will need to understand how to rely on one another even if he or she is uncomfortable with that type of personality. My ability to lead the team will be based on my willingness to learn from the team and understand it is a team not an independent project.