Understanding Leadership Behaviors

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Every leader has their own natural strengths. As a leader with a unique behavioral profile, you likely have strengths that play to your business objectives—as well as caution areas that can hinder your goals.

You can visualize those strengths and gaps by way of a PI framework known as “Work Styles.” The Work Styles framework consists of four quadrants that capture leadership styles aligned with certain types of desired business outcomes—including innovation, results, process, and people.

Let’s explore how behavioral drives relate to leadership styles, and how you can make the most of your own style to drive organizational success.

Your leadership style within the world of work.

Understanding which quadrant your natural behaviors live in can show you which strengths to lean into. First, let’s take a look at the four quadrants and common characteristics of leaders in each. When you take the PI Behavioral Assessment, you learn about your motivating drives. These inform where you fall within the world of work. In other words, they dictate your behavioral leadership style. 

The PI Science Team identified 17 “Reference Profiles” that help describe the behavioral makeup of different types of people. You can think of these as easy-to-reference groupings of the characteristics of people with similar drives. Learn more about your Reference Profile here.

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Click on each quadrant to learn what leadership behaviors are associated with it. Which quadrant are you in?


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A: Process & Precision

Behaviors in the Process & Precision quadrant are organized and detail-oriented.

Get to know your unique strengths.

When you’re working on an initiative you like in the quadrant where you’re most comfortable, you’re working in your “sweet spot.” This kind of behavioral/strategy match will drive results at your organization. Your strengths as a leader will be most visible when working on an initiative that is aligned to your natural behaviors.

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Click on the buttons below to explore the strengths that leaders may have in each of the world of work quadrants. 


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A: Process & Precision leaders

Outlining standard procedures is a great match for a leader in the Process & Precision quadrant.

Build on the strengths you have today.

While your natural behavioral style can indicate the type of work you prefer, you can stretch as needed to do great work in other quadrants—especially adjacent quadrants. (It’s easier to stretch to an adjacent quadrant and harder to stretch to an opposing quadrant.) 

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Click around the quadrants below to see the various ways you can stretch your behavior to fit the needs of the business!


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A: Results & Discipline

A leader in the Teamwork & Employee Experience quadrant would likely struggle to adapt to a strategy located in Results & Discipline.

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Curious about the science behind the PI Behavioral Assessment?

Read the report from PI’s science team.

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