No-nonsense variables, such as costs, quality, profit margins, and savvy deals, are the metrics that matter.
Sure, these leaders care about the values their company stands for, but it’s the dollars-and-cents value proposition that matters most.
They love to build killer products and butt-kicking companies. They are “opportunistic” – they revel in “the pitch” and “the deal.”
When faced with decisions about launching a new product, or dealing with a disgruntled customer, or selling the company to an eager suitor,
they focus on tough-minded calculations and no-nonsense financial returns.
The Modern Missionary
These leaders aim for more than mere business success; they aspire to success and significance.
Winning is less about beating the competition than it is about building something original and meaningful.
Success is less about making money than it is about making a difference and having an impact.
Sure, economic value is important, but human values are what drive their passion to succeed.
These leaders may take risks that classic entrepreneurs won’t, even if the short-term returns aren’t obvious, or they may turn down deals that others might accept, because the financial payoffs aren’t as important as the broader impact they hope to make.
These leaders don’t just want to run companies; they aim to turn their companies into a cause.
The Problem Solver.
They worry less about dramatic impact than about concrete results. They believe in the power of expertise and the value of experience.
Disruptive technologies and blank-sheet-of-paper business models may be reshaping markets and industries, but past success is a good predictor of future impact.
So as they rise through the ranks or lead organizations they’ve built, problem solvers are the first to confront difficulties and identify new opportunities.
Yes, they rely on the advice of colleagues, but ultimately they fall back on everything they’ve learned and seen to guide the organization into the future. These top-down, take-charge, the-buck-stops-here executives may be the most recognizable sorts of leaders, in terms of the image we carry around of what it takes to get things done.
The Solution Finder.
This style is about incremental results and concrete solutions, but these leaders believe that the most powerful contributions often come from the most unexpected places — the hidden genius of their colleagues, the collective genius that surrounds their organization.
They’re ultimately responsible for business results, but they believe that achieving those results is everybody’s business. These modest, humble, self-effacing leaders don’t make headlines, but that doesn’t mean they’re not ambitious. They believe that humility in the service of ambition is the right mindset to do big things in a world of huge unknowns.
Why is it important to gain clarity about the leadership style that fits each of us best? Because the more we understand about ourselves – what we truly care about, how we make decisions, why we do what we do – the more effective we will be at marshaling the support of others for what we hope to achieve. In a time of wrenching disruptions and exhilarating advances, of unrelenting turmoil and unlimited promise, there have never been more roads to success — or more opportunities to fail.
What type of leader are YOU?
Blessings of Propsperity,