What Kind of Leader Are You?
Probably one of the greatest challenges for young leaders is finding your leadership voice.
We try and fail. We try again.
We have moments of success and moments of failure (perceived and sometimes real).
Our inconsistency in leading is nauseating for us and those we lead.
While some elements of leadership come naturally, I believe that most of leadership is learned over time and as we glean wisdom. You can’t microwave the wisdom that comes from experience.
Here are three kinds of leaders I consistently see:
The Timid Leader – The timid leader has strong leadership potential but is so worried about making sure everyone likes their plan/vision/idea that they are wishy-washy with direction. They react to the emotional responses of people therefore making them inconsistent and hard to follow.
The Dominant Leader – The dominant leader dictates everything & expects everyone to follow. Their insecurity is masked by their need to prove they know it all. The result is resentment from those they lead.
The Confident Leader – The confident leader leads with positivity & decisiveness. They are confident in their calling but humble in their approach. They are not afraid to do what’s right even when it’s not popular. They don’t react to emotional responses from those they lead. Instead, they lead people through them with grace and patience.
What kind of leader are you?
What other types of leaders have you observed?