Your style leads to your observable behavior in any circumstance. Since behaviors govern how the world reacts to you, it is critical to understand your own style. Equally important with understanding your stlye is to actively manage it.
Many people spend a lot of time and energy understanding their style. They know that they are an INFP on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator or a High “D” with strong “I” tendencies on the DiSC Scale. This tells them the pigeon hole they rate themselves in and how that pigeonhole relates to the rest of the world.
These indicators are extremely helpful at helping people understand not only their own actions but how they can relate better to people with different styles. Unfortunately, these indicators view style in a static sense and do not consider that we are all changing and growing every day.
My opinion is that the study of one’s style should go way beyond these mechanical descriptors of what we currently are. Our style should also include what we might become if we actively manage it.
The attached white paper is an attempt to put some framework around this topic. It is far from a complete study, and I would be interested in any references or ideas others have to share.