What Does Your “Fit to Role” Really Mean?
When we say “Fit to Role,” what exactly do we mean?
‘Fit to Role’ is the degree to which the demands of your current role ‘fit’ with your VOPS Styles mix.
To go a bit deeper — Fit to Role, or FTR, considers not only the personal demands of the role you have in your company, but also the customer’s needs within your role.
Let’s break it down further, starting with Understanding Demands, Needs, and Preferences and a few key ideas:
- The personal demands of your role may or may not align with your VOPS styles mix.
- The customer needs within your role may or may not align with your VOPS styles mix.
- It is best for your happiness when your role’s demands and customers’ needs are in alignment with your VOPS styles mix.
In order to explore this in the most meaningful way, you may need to dive into your honest feelings about where you currently are and whether it feels right (even on the tough days) or whether you’re experiencing dissonance.
If you feel like you’re well-positioned for your current role and your leadership style, that’s wonderful! A great exercise for you is to write down the things that you love about your work and the tasks that you feel are best aligned with your style.
If you’re experiencing discomfort or a sense of disconnect, you can explore that as well. Write down the things that do not bring you joy or satisfaction. What tasks do you feel are not aligned with your style?
Documenting these items is a critical step for preparing for your Future Fit to Role, which we’ll explore in (appropriately!) a future post.
After exploring your own needs and preferences, you’re ready to take an even deeper dive. So, let’s go back to this statement:
It is best for your happiness when your role’s demands and customers’ needs are in alignment with your VOPS styles mix.
If you’re in a Visionary role but are highly dominant as a Processor, you may experience conflict and dissonance.
You could be well integrated between your style and your role, but if you’re interacting with someone who is NOT well integrated, you could also experience stress!
If you are an Operator – you move quickly and get things done. That’s great! But you may struggle with creating and casting the big picture or inspiration that gets you through tough times. So, if your customers are all processors, you may find that both of you get frustrated and feel defeated because you don’t have someone owning the big picture and getting things off the ground. If your customers are all visionaries – who need you to take their dreams and put them into action – you’re much more likely to thrive.
So as you evaluate your role, keep these thoughts in mind:
- Identify the needs of your current role and compare these with your VOPS styles mix.
- Identify internal and external customer needs in your current role and compare these with your VOPS styles mix.
P.S. When you take the Predictable Leadership Styles Quiz and learn about your Style, you will discover whether you are a dominant Visionary, Operator, Processor or Synergist, and what your score tells you about how the other styles factor into your leadership strengths. You will also receive free access to our course, “How to Interpret Your Predictable Styles Profile,” which is led by Predictable Success Founder Les McKeown and includes more in-depth video tutorials. To get started, head to https://my.predictablesuccess.com/quiz.