Success Story: Transforming internal leadership program with DiSC

Overview

Lithuania‘s location has throughout its history always made it one of the main transportation hubs in Europe and thus played a huge part in the country’s economy. Girteka Logistics is the largest asset-based transport company in Europe with over 24,500 employees. They are constantly growing and their employees‘ careers grow with them: as many as 77% of the company’s managers have made a career within the company.

In recent years they have found big success with their internal training program, "My Leadership Journey." Aimed at nurturing first-time managers, the program focuses on the critical transition from individual contributors to leaders managing teams. Emphasizing self-awareness and diversity, Girteka has found an indispensable ally in the DiSC personality tool, enhancing the effectiveness of this transformative program.

 

Program Highlights

  • A module on Managing Diversity and Motivation: At the heart of the program is the module that utilizes DiSC for understanding and managing different personalities, crucial for effective leadership.
  • Enhanced Self-Awareness: DiSC assessments, coupled with 3 hours of insightful feedback, have become the program’s highlight and are widely appreciated by the learners.
  • Strategic Placement of DiSC Module: Moving DiSC to the last module of the program proved beneficial, as participants are more open and receptive towards the end of the training program, creating a safe environment for honest discussions.
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    Impactful Outcomes

  • Increased Self-Understanding: Participants expressed that the DiSC module was "the best and most interesting," offering profound insights into their behavior and personality.
  • Managerial Self-Acceptance: Feedback from learners indicates a noticeable transformation. Managers have developed a deeper understanding and acceptance of their unique perceptions and leadership styles.
  • Cultural and Personal Diversity Management: The program has notably enhanced managers' abilities to operate effectively in diverse contexts and manage different personality types, expanding the open area in their Johari window.
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    The DiSC Difference

    Initially employing DiSC Classic® profiles as part of the program, Girteka recently upgraded to Everything DiSC®, finding it more user-friendly and practical with its additional report options (ie the Comparison and Supplemental reports). DiSC profiles have been instrumental in reinforcing key messages of the program and fostering deeper self-awareness among participants.

     

    Follow-Up and Continuity

    While "My Leadership Journey" program is a one-off experience, Girteka ensures ongoing development through opportunities for the same managers to engage in discussions focused on their development goals. As a next potential step, continuing with DiSC to develop the managerial/leadership aspect (ie Everything DiSC Management profile) might be a valuable option.

     

    Conclusion

    "My Leadership Journey," with its strategic incorporation of the DiSC tool, stands as a testament to Girteka's commitment to developing insightful, self-aware, and diverse leaders.

     

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