Your Personal Leadership Style

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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.

What’s your personal leadership style?

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.

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Question:

  • What kind of leader are you?

2 thoughts on “Your Personal Leadership Style

  1. Personal Leadership Profile
    I am a fortunate man. During my life I have been fortunate to work with some very fine leaders from whom I have learned several effective leadership skills. I have also been fortunate to work with a few extremely bad leaders from whom I have been able to learn the value of good leadership abilities and who by their bad examples have taught me good lessons.

    My personal leadership profile is based on a series of basic guidelines for leadership.

    Rule #1: Do Not Panic.
    Many years ago when I was learning and later teaching first aid, the first lesson was always “in any emergency situation, don’t panic.” In my own life, and in my personal leadership framework, I have made this Rule # 1. If in any situation you panic, you lose the ability to reason, the ability to be effective, the ability to have empathy or feel. An individual who panics can no longer act but can only react, often without the benefit of any other cognitive abilities.

    In addition to this basic benefit I have over time found an additional benefit: people respect and admire a person who is not subject to panic. To paraphrase the words of Kipling, “If you can keep your head when all around are losing theirs, you’ll be a leader.”

    Rule #2: Take a stand.
    Know what you believe in, and make sure that those around you know also. Vision is a vital aspect of leadership. In order to communicate that vision to those around you, you must not only formulate, understand and internalize your personal vision; you must constantly and consistently live the philosophy you espouse. It is not simply a matter of writing a few words on paper, posting it on the wall, or printing it on a card in your wallet. It is a matter of living this vision faithfully, enduringly and openly.

    Rule #3: Do what is right.
    Often when a person has to analyze a problem, they begin to look for a specific solution. What will be cheapest? What will be easiest?

  2. One of the challenges of a great leader is managing and directing different people with different skills and personalities. To me, this is what makes being a leader so exciting and at the same time challenging. I believe though, that to be an effective leader, one must not stick to a particular leadership style. A great and authentic leader must be flexible. He must be able to employ different styles, depending on what the situations call for, and depending on what type of person he is managing. Thank you for sharing your insights in this article. More power!

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