The Everything DiSC Work of Leaders Profile is a sought-after assessment used for the leadership positions. The Work of Leaders came into existence after distilling the research done on 300 industry leaders. This profile defines the best leadership practices.
According to the research, leadership is a one-to-many kind of relation as opposed to one-one relationship of management. The WOL (work of leaders) is a simple three step process which focusses on the fundamental roles of a leader and it relates to the VAE Model of leadership where ‘V’ stands for Vison, ‘A’ is for alignment, ‘E’ stands for execution.
In the research by Julie Straw and her counterparts, they have defined VAE as the following
- Crafting a Vision: Imagining an improved future state that the group will make a reality through its work.
- Building Alignment: Getting to the point where everyone in the group understands and is committed to the direction.
- Championing Execution: Ensuring that the conditions are present for the imagined future to be turned into a reality.
The online assessment makes use of the VAE model stated above in addition brings light to the behavioral aspect of leadership styles through the DiSC model. The assessment asks participants to respond to statements on a five-point scale, including application-specific questions to help determine the participant’s Work of Leaders priorities. The profile is created using the latest adaptive testing methodology. Each participant receives precise insights to personalize their experience.
Listed below are the objectives and outcomes that the leaders will be able to achieve post taking the assessment
- Receive tangible steps directed at leading a group or organization toward a desired outcome
- Understand how their tendencies influence their effectiveness in specific leadership situations
- Understand themselves better — the first step to becoming more effective when leading others
Here is a brief summary based on the first step of the VAE model, that is crafting a vision
- VAE involves skills that can be learned and practiced—in this case, skills around exploration, boldness, and testing assumptions. But in the end, the leader must apply judgment, asking herself how bold to be and how much to listen to critics and naysayers. Use these tips and reminders to guide your process.
- Choose the scope of the vision that fits your current leadership role and the needs of your group and organization.
- Trust the process. Remember that crafting a vision is a dynamic process that benefits from multiple perspectives.
- The important thing is to be patient and stick with it.
- Make sure to set reasonable goals and expectations for yourself and your team.
- Don’t forget to appreciate the milestones and to celebrate the clear vision that’s essential to your long-term success.
Building alignment is the most people-centered part of the VAE model.
- It’s about how you, as a leader, interact with others, how you communicate with and listen to others, and how you and your co-workers affect one another.
- Each driver of alignment—clarity, dialogue, and inspiration—is about connecting with your team. Clarity leads to understanding.
- Dialogue facilitates involvement and ownership. Inspiration promotes emotional commitment.
- Championing execution is the core of the VAE model.
- As the champion, you are always acting in service of someone or something, whether it is your team, your vision, or your customers. Your energy is focused outward as you seek ways to establish momentum, provide structure, and offer feedback.
Work of Leaders is based on best practices and four years of developmental effort, connects to real-world demands of leadership and generates powerful conversations that provide a clear path of action for leaders across levels.