Behavioral Styles 101

By: Ashley McLeod, Heritage Landscape Services, Inc.

Message From The President

The holiday season is a special time for everyone to be with friends and family. The downside to spending long periods of time with each other is getting frustrated with someone else’s behavior.

The good news is we can choose to see the positives of another person’s personality vs dwelling on what irritates us. Understanding others’ behavioral style, as well as our own, can help us to be happier in life at home and work.

Senn Delaney Consulting has defined four behavioral styles that help explain the “why” of people’s actions: Controlling, Supportive, Analyzing, and Promoting. Below are short descriptions of the pros and cons of each style.

Controlling Style

A controller likes to take charge, is results oriented, and can make decisions easily. Unfortunately, they can also be impatient, autocratic, and insensitive to others’ feelings.

Supporting Style

A supporter is a team player, friendly, and is relationship-oriented. They can be too agreeable and unassertive to avoid conflict.

Analyzing Style

An analyzer is thorough, relies on logic, and needs lots of data to make decisions. This can lead to being indecisive, aloof, and acting too methodical.

Promoting Style

A promoter can be inspirational, innovative, and a risk taker. They can also be undisciplined, manipulative, or lack follow-through on ideas.

Do you recognize any of these traits in yourself or others? Do you want your behaviors on the positive side or the negative side of the description? Once you are able to recognize how we are all different, it may make your personal interactions with others less frustrating. To take a deeper look into these ideas, click here.

Remember, life is too short to get aggravated with others.

Here is a quick video helping to remind us of how blessed we are.


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