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Have you ever felt that everybody is so different from you?
It’s often hard to lead because people are different from you. It seems that they don’t understand you, and you feel like you are alone. To know your leadership style is the first step in becoming a more effective leader.
You got one life! So build on your strengths and manage around your weaknesses.
1. The visionary leader type
Without hesitation, visionary leaders will call anyone to join in their vision. They speak about it, they write about it, and they are passionate about their vision. They are idealistic, bold in faith, and fully convinced that they only need to state their vision clearly and often enough in order to fulfil it. They cannot be easily discouraged or scared off, if you tell them that their vision is not feasible; that only adds fuel to the fire of their enthusiasm. They respond to opposition by standing on their hind legs and pronouncing their vision even louder. Put someone like this in front of a team and they will all plunge into his/her vision!
2. The directive leader type
A leader of the directive type is capable of weighing all the options. He can check the values of an organization, the tasks, the strengths, the weaknesses, the available means, the staff and the openness for change. A directive leader can steer a church or an area of service in the right direction with remarkable wisdom.
3. The strategic leader type
People with a gift of strategic leadership have the God-given ability to take a rousing vision and divide it into a list of consecutive attainable steps. This leadership gift makes it possible for an organization to achieve their pursued targets.
4. The managing leader type
The managing leader is thrilled by the thought of being able to bring order into chaos. He finds deep satisfaction in observing a process, changing intricacies and motivating team members on their way to success by setting milestones.
5. The motivating leader type
Leaders of the motivating type have the God-given ability to constantly cheering their colleagues on. They care if someone breaks down, and inspre those who need it the most in the right way. They sense when someone needs public recognition and know when a personal word of encouragement is enough.
6. The caring leader type
A caring leader type builds a team slowly, feels a deep affection for his colleagues, encourages gently, supports them constantly, listens to them patiently, and prays for them diligently. These leadership personalities take their workers into such a deep experience of fellowship that will yield good will and energy to accomplish their tasks.
7. The team-orientated leader type
Aligning the right people with the right skills to do the right tasks is the strength of a team-orientated leader type.
8. The entrepreneurial leader type
If this leader can’t regularly create something new, then his energy level sinks. When something finally starts working and stable management is required, or it becomes complicated and there are endless discussions about systems, or clear procedures are needed and he/she is being controlled, then most entrepreneurial leaders lose their enthusiasm, their orientation, and sometimes their self-confidence.
9. The restructuring leader type
These leaders are endowed by God to consider problematic situations as a positive challenge: a team that has lost its vision, a service in which people are in the wrong positions, an area of service in which progress is hindered by the lack of strategy. In all these circumstances, they can change the course. These people will say: “Today is my lucky day. I will give the chaos structure again.”
10. The bridge-building leader type
Bridge builders are equipped with an enormous flexibility. They are diplomats, they possess the supernatural ability to make compromises and negotiate. They can listen very well, understand and think outside the box. However, what is most important for bridge builders is the love of the challenge to be in contact with different groups of people.
- What kind of leader are you?