Do you know the true importance of leadership?
It seems like some people are born leaders, but what if everyone has leadership qualities?
There is no one way to be a good leader and everyone can learn how to be a good leader by developing their best qualities.
They may not lead the same groups, teams or organizations, but everyone can be a good leader whatever their personality.
Successful people recognize the importance of leadership from everyone, not only the people in positions of authority.
The importance of driven leadership
Some see this type of person as born to lead. They actively seek out leadership in whatever group or organization they participate in.
They lead directly, often by example, because they are willing to work for whatever they want.
These are the Michael Jordans of the world that take adversity and use it to fuel themselves to succeed in the future.
They rarely see failure as a stopping point. Rather, they use it as a starting point to get to where they want to go.
Tell them they can’t and their motto becomes “I’ll do it twice and take pictures.”
“No” to them is merely a speed bump in their success journey. They’re all about the results, and they’re willing to work to get the ones they want.
Their greatest struggles in leadership is using their power and control in a way that empowers everyone.
How to be a good leader with the driven personality
Driven leaders are competitive and want to win. They become great leaders when they let go of winning every battle and learn that compromise isn’t losing.
Set firm deadlines without issuing ultimatums.
Let others have control over issues that don’t require your input.
Understand everyone has value on the team, including quieter and less forceful people. Their quieter and more subtle nature appeals to others in a way you can’t.
Keep debate to a minimum. For most personality types debates and disagreements kill motivation.
Recognize that the more emotionally motivated team members keep the team together when the going gets rough.
When team members struggle with deadlines and/or procrastination, and you know some will, help them plan their work and reduce the entire team’s stress level.
The importance of inspired leadership
This personality type loves to motivate and inspire people. They love to have fun and are quick to give compliments and praise.
They want everyone to succeed and respect everyone’s contribution to the team.
Their greatest struggles in leadership is understanding that the other personalities do not have the same fun loving nature.
The driven and cautious types are task oriented and need to create quality work to feel successful.
The security seeking and cautious people need a slower pace than the inspired and driven types enjoy.
These types withdraw to do the the work, which the inspired type can misunderstand as rejection.
How to be a good leader with the inspired personality
The inspired leader that learns to respect other types’ need to work alone and quietly will look better because of the task and reserved types they lead.
Learn from the task oriented team members how to do quality work and meet deadlines.
For help with that, ask them about the process.
Just remember to keep the meeting short and then get to work.
Learn to tone down your natural enthusiasm for the more reserved members of the team.
You don’t have to change who you are, but understand your large personality can be overwhelming.
Recognize your reserved team members’ contributions privately and quietly. Get the best out of your driven team members by challenging
Challenge your driven team members to do excellent work and cooperate with other team members.
The importance of security seeking leadership
This leader is supportive and appreciative. They are generally laid back and love it when everyone gets along.
They like nothing better when all the members of the team are doing work they enjoy and contributing their best work to the team.
Their greatest struggles in leadership is being “the boss”.
They don’t like bossy people, so the thought of being that way makes their skin crawl.
They like their laid back style so the more outgoing personalities sometimes exhaust them.
The driven personality steamrolls them without boundaries.
The inspired person can derail them with their constant chatter, and the cautious personality can slow them down by hyper focusing on the details.
How to be a good leader with the security seeking personality
Boundaries are the security seeker’s key to success.
Learn to set firm boundaries and outline each person’s expected contribution to the team and the project.
That way, when the driven personality challenges you, and they will, you have written proof of the parameters they are supposed to follow.
Set boundaries with the inspired personality with deadlines and limited social time.
Create reasonable and well defined deadlines for the cautious personality type. If necessary, set mini deadlines to move the process forward.
The importance of cautious leadership
This personality type consistently produces excellent, detailed work.
They want to do things right, but their version of right isn’t always the same as everyone else’s.
They inspire everyone to do their best work by working with their personality rather than expecting the same level of perfection they expect of themselves.
Their greatest struggles in leadership is relaxing their focus on details and perfection.
Other personality types focus on doing good, not perfect.
Letting that work be good enough is difficult for the perfection loving cautious type.
While no one wants to create a shoddy product, the challenge for the cautious leader is recognizing that a mistake is not a character flaw. It is merely a mistake.
How to be a good leader with the cautious personality
The driven personality shares your task orientation.
Give them as much control as you can let go of and limit criticism so the driven personality feels empowered rather than defeated.
The inspired personality’s pace and orientation is the opposite of yours and both are important to the team.
Don’t expect perfection or extremely detailed work. Let them take charge of the big picture tasks and anything that includes working with others
Have them collect others’ information and data and bring it to you.
Anything that lets them interact with people is motivates them.
Put them to work with a driven personality and the two of them can move mountains.
Together they have the energy and passion to get nearly any job accomplished that doesn’t require them to dive too deeply into the details.
The security seeking personality enjoys the same pace that you do but they have procrastination issues and lack detail orientation.
They will, however, work very hard to do work that pleases you with encouragement rather than criticism.
Breaking work into manageable deadlines reduces stress and gives them multiple ways to make you happy.
The security seeker likes to support others and thrives on appreciation, so whenever they carry through it’s beneficial to thank them privately.
Even though you know it’s their job and it’s expected, any appreciation you express motivates them to do even more.
So, what kind of leader are you?
Are you driven, inspired, security seeking or cautions?
Do you understand the importance of leadership whatever your personality type is?
Leadership comes in many forms, and while most people are a combination of personality types, this give some idea of how everyone can improve their leadership skills and bring so much more to every family, group and organization they belong to.
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Living your best life according to your personality is the greatest gift you can give yourself and everyone you work with.