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This is a question that people ask all the time, and the answer is – we are all leaders in our own right. We adapt our leadership styles based on several factors:
It’s important to evaluate all of the above heading into a leadership conversation, so that you can show up as your best leader.
But I bet you are still wondering – what kind of leader am I?
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee’s 2002 book Primal Leadership: Learning to lead with Emotional Intelligence outlines 6 kinds of leadership styles:
This type likes to dream big, and motivate people towards a common goal. Use it when you need to change up the vision, or create some clearer direction
This type wants everyone to be a part of the success and their motto is “together we thrive”. Use it when you need to bring a team together to strengthen relationships, especially in stressful situations.
This type enjoys connecting with the individual to see what they want to achieve in relation to the big goal. Use it when you need to motivate an individual towards a goal.
This type puts value on the input of each and every member of the team. Use it when you need your team to buy-in to the goal or project, or when you want the team to be included in the decision making process.
Like a metronome, this type will set the pace of the project, and push everyone to keep on track to the bigger goal. Use it when you have a highly motivated and competent team who can keep up with the pace.
This type likes to set clear expectations and directions for an individual or the team. Use it when you need to create boundaries & expectations for a poor performing member of the team, or when you need to navigate your team through a pivot or even a crisis.
After looking at each of these leaders, you can see that there are multiple types of leaders. The point is for you to lean into each style depending on the situation, and to not rely on just 1 type of leadership style.
After spending over 10 years coaching & mentoring a variety of team members, I can say with confidence that I was most successful at leading my team when I adapted my own leadership style to match both the situation and the person.
It’s important to understand which leader is your strength, so you become aware when you default back to that leadership style.
Take this quiz to see what kind of leader you are, so you can start to better understand your strengths and work on your weaknesses.
Comment below and let me know which leadership style is your strongest, and which style are you going to focus more work on strengthening it.
Daniel Goleman, et al. Primal Leadership:l Learning to lead with
Emotional Intelligence. Harvard Business School Press, 2002.