“Self-awareness is the first chapter in the book of leadership.”
- Nadeem Saeed
The What & The Why
The best leaders are high in EQ. They are self-aware – and cognizant of those around them. Leaders who lack self-awareness struggle to be effective in three key ways:
They don’t realise how they ‘come across’ to other people (and fail to adjust and adapt their behaviour accordingly)
They underplay – and fail to optimise – their personal strengths (and those of their team members)
They fail to understand, acknowledge and address their weaknesses (and those of their team members)
A better understanding of personality can improve both individual and overall team effectiveness. At Understood, we believe in a proper understanding of personality. And that means using the ‘Big Five Model’ – the most widely accepted personality theory held by pscyhologists today.
Why is the Big Five the best personality model?
It’s the gold standard of personality models. The Big Five is the most reliable and scientifically validated framework for personality – widely used in the academic community across the world.
It doesn’t pigeon-hole you. Unlike the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), it’s not about ‘types’ of people; the Big Five traits are dimensions along which all people can be placed.
It empowers you to shape your future. How people score on the Big Five dimensions of personality has important consequences for happiness, health and achievement.
It helps you to understand your mental health. The Big Five dimension of Emotional Negativity (or ‘Neuroticism’) can provide insight into our response to stress. Knowledge of this can be extremely helpful when taking steps to improve our mental wellbeing and resilience.
It’s fit for the complexities and challenges of 21st-century leaders. Understanding your unique, complex trait make-up is essential to understanding yourself – and that’s the first step to becoming a successful leader.
The ‘Big Five Leader’ is an intensive one-day training programme designed to give your managers a thorough understanding of themselves – their personality traits, behavioural tendencies, strengths, weaknesses, motivators and communication and leadership styles. They will understand how to apply the Big Five model to build better connections with their teams – creating greater harmony and increased engagement and performance.
A Big Five Leader will:
Have a clear understanding of the Big Five traits and sub-traits
Understand and anlayse their own patterns of behaviour and emotional responses
Appreciate their innate strengths and acknowledge their ‘stretches’ as a leader
Develop strategies to maximise their strengths and address weaknesses
Discover the personality traits of their team members
Appreciate how to communicate more effectively with team members
Lead with emotional intelligence and super-self-awareness
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The Big Five Traits & Sub-Traits
Exploration of the five main personality traits (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness and Emotional Negativity) and the thirty related sub-traits.
The Big Five Self-Analysis
Individual questionnaire and self-reflection exercises to analyse your own personality: where you sit along each of the five dimensions, and which of the sub-traits are most applicable to you.
My Big Five Strengths
Understanding our strengths and ‘stretches’ through the Big Five – how our innate personality traits serve us well and where they can cause problems. Devising strategies to lean into our strengths and address our stretches.
What is a strength?
‘A pre-existing capacity for a particular way of behaving, thinking, or feeling that is authentic and energising to the user, and enables optimal functioning, development and performance.’ (The Strengths Book, Alex Linley)
Finding the Five in Your Team
Identifying the tendencies of team members – and their typical behavioural patterns and emotional responses. Tips and techniques to set your team up for success – ensuring each individual is able to thrive.
The H2H Sales Experience
Take the sales experience for your employees and customers to a whole new level - by minimising effort and maximising value and emotion
Customer-service training with a difference. With the innovative use of bespoke film, our immersive masterclass will create an invaluable emotional connection between your employees and their customers.