What I like about being a Director
- I am independent, courageous, straightforward and self-reliant.
- I am able to take charge and meet challenges head on.
- I support, empower and protect those close to me.
What I don’t like about being a Director
- I sometimes overwhelm people with my bluntness and frighten them off when I don’t mean to.
- I am restless and impatient with others’ incompetence and get angry when people don’t do things my way.
- I find it difficult to really listen to others’ views.
Things I would never do
- Fail to state my opinion when I strongly disagree with what is said.
- Step down as managing director of a company because I think someone else can do it better.
- Play a tennis match without playing to win.
- Say to someone “Let’s do it your way.”
How to relate with me
- Stand up for yourself. Be confident, strong and direct.
- Don’t gossip about me or betray my trust.
- Remember that I have a vulnerable side.
- Don’t mistake my assertive manner for a personal attack.
- Accept that my appearing to lose my temper is part of me.
Things people say about me
- “I can be honest and say what is on my mind when I’m with her. If I’m not completely frank she feels I’ve let her down.”
- “She is so direct. She says things that nobody else has the courage to say, and encourages other to speak their mind.”
- “She is a very practical manager. She is good at delegating and always forthright. She’s a very effective boss. Everyone knows where they stand with her.”
Things I should affirm to myself
- It’s OK to show my vulnerable side to those I trust.
- Good relationships are worth making compromises for.
- I must first consider an alternative solution.