Daring, Dominant, Driver
Do these describe someone you know?
They should, as this core behavioural profile makes up 8% of our planet.
Steve Jobs, Donald Trump, Michael Jordan, Darth Vader, Saddam Hussein.
Is there any mountain in the annals of Basketball that Michael Jordan has not conquered? Anytime an opponent burned Air Jordan on one end of the court, you could easily predict that person would be immediately the see the bottom of Jordan’s Nikes on the other end of the court, as well as the ball smashing through the hoop. Time Magazine once covered Michael’s early retirement. Jordan said, “When I lose the sense of motivation and the sense to prove something as a basketball player, it’s time to step down.”
Steve Jobs was an unconventional leader. His management style wasn’t the stuff of university textbooks – he wasn’t known for his consultative or consensus building approach. He was a “High-Maintenance Co-Worker” who demanded excellence from his staff and was known for his blunt delivery of criticism. But it was his sheer genius combined with his ability to articulate his vision and bring staff, investors and customers along on the journey – plus the lessons learned in a major career setback – that made it work. The results: indisputable. A ‘visionary’ is how he is most often described in relation to Apple, the company he founded with high school buddy Steve Wozniak in 1976, was effectively fired from in 1985, and then returned to in 1997 with a renewed sense of purpose.
Lord Vader is a High D – perhaps the king of the D’s.
Forceful – how about the opening scene where his ship overtakes and boards the rebel vessel? Or when he lifts one of the rebels off the ground with one hand to question him? Decisive – Vader never hesitates when faced with a decision. From field promotions (and throat-crushing demotions) to dispatching the Emperor himself, Darth has never been one to shy away from making the tough calls. Goal-oriented – When your replacement Death Star is falling behind in production who do you call? Emperor Palpatine knows who the galaxy’s top fixer is – Darth is just the fellow to put things back on schedule. Intimidating – 6’6″ tall, known to choke people to death for failure – even when they’re not on the same starship, a history of violent rages (we’re not saying that a high D means you’re violent, but D’s can get angry when they don’t get their way).