Leadership. What Type of Leader Are You?
When you Google leadership styles you will find experts that say there are as few as four leadership styles and some will define as many as eight different types of leaders. It seems you could categorize them into two groups: those that pull (influencers) and those that push (dictatorial). In Bob Burg’s blog he asked “How far can you push a rope? Not very far. That’s why true influencers don’t push.”
A leader’s role is to motivate, communicate, and innovate (drive change). Using their personalities, learned behaviors, and environment, leaders tend to fall into one of the typical leadership styles.
The eight leadership styles can be categorized as:
- Command and Control
Do you find yourself in one category frequently? What are the positive attributes of that category? What are the negative attributes?
When you think about some of the great leaders in business, such as, Oprah, Richard Branson, Truett Cathy, and many others, you realize that despite their leadership style, they all have similar thinking. A great leader needs to see possibilities, envision the big picture, learn from shared thinking, and question the status quo.
Where are some areas you may want to improve? We can only change and grow when we acknowledge that we need to improve. The level of thinking we used to get us where we are today probably will not take us to the next level. It takes work and daily habits to take us to that next level. What daily habits can you implement immediately? Write a list of five that you are willing to commit to. You have the power and the potential to become a more influential, effective leader! Whether you are leading a team of two in your home or two thousand at your company, it will take a new level of thinking to develop your skills to the next level.
Let me get you started by sharing a couple on my list:
- I am committed to verbalizing a daily affirmation statement
- I am committed to spending 15 minutes a day stretching my thinking (have a conversation with a mentor, read a book, or watch a Ted Talk)
Now it’s time to make your list.