Still in mid-career, Blake is already vice president of sales and marketing. He is full of energy and action and quick to get others involved to get things done. Blake brings Passion and Warmth to a natural leadership style that, coupled with an intuitive talent for spotting market trends, made him a strong candidate for the vice-presidency. Even Blake’s hard-nosed, old school, CEO is impressed.
Of course, like most other successful corporate leaders, Blake still has developmental opportunities in rounding out his executive persona. He knows that in his zeal to get things started, he is often a situational listener and doesn’t spend enough time getting the whole story before acting (Openness). This often leads to execution difficulties and awkward situations for those on his team (Thoughtfulness). Feedback from his team and a mentor has made that clear. He also knows that this same zeal can cause him to try to keep too many balls in the air at times, leading some to believe that he needs more discipline and focus (Candor and Clarity) in his approach if he wants to continue to advance.
Blake is not perfect, but like so many promising leaders in his position, he feels that his personal strengths outweigh his weaknesses and that he will eventually end up in the C-suite. This may be true, but by working on the message and relationship dimensions, he will greatly improve the odds that others will see him as a well-rounded leader with the potential to go all the way to the top.