Whileit may be true that some are born leaders in the conventional sense, you do nothave to be at the top to show leadership qualities. Select one answer to eachof the following questions and then turn the page to discover what kind ofleader you are 1. The most important characteristic tomake an effective leader is…a Helping others to succeedb Taking charge c Inspiring peopled Respect2. The leader I most admire is:a Ghandib Hitlerc Richard Bransond Jack Welch3. To which of these alternative careerswould your employees assign you?a A personal fitness coachb The captain of a shipc An inventord A judge4. People…a Are an organisation’s most valuableassetb Are a means to an endc Need to be leadd Need someone to follow5. Which of the following best describesyou?a I help other people achieve their goalsb I use other people’s abilitiesto achieve my goalsc I am someone others would bewilling to followd I talk the talk and walk thewalk6. If a problem arises, what is yourapproach to finding a solution?a Consultativeb A brief brainstorm and a quickimplementationc Creative brainstorm, lookingfor new solutions and opportunitiesd Reflective, relying on pastinsights7. When a solution is found, it tends tobe…a Win-win for all stakeholdersb Your solution, as you have themost experience and knowledgec Your solution, but you leavethe detail to othersd The best solution for theorganisation, after careful consideration8. Which of the following best describesyour communication style? a I always take time to listen and amopen in my responsesb I am clear in what I expect ofpeople and I expect excellencec I listen to what people have tosay and challenge their preconceptions d I prefer to act than talk aboutthings9. If staff are not producing the resultsyou expect, do you…a Uncover the problem and come up with asolutionb Increase the rewardc Apply more pressured Do it yourself10. The mission and values of yourorganisation…a Act as a central base point from whicheveryone worksb Have been defined, should bestrictly adhered to and re-enforced at all possible opportunities c Are there to provide a goal towhich everyone should aspired Tend to end up as meaninglesswords on the wallTheleadership styles described on the next page are not mutually exclusive.Effective leadership requires aspects of all these styles which have theirplace and time.Theessential aspects of effective leadership fall into four ‘roles’: creating theblueprint, creating a system of work to achieve this blueprint, releasing thetalent, energy and contribution of people and building trust with others – thevery heart of effective leadership.Characterand personality traits are a vital factor in how somebody tackles theleadership challenge. A primarily visionary leader may enter the cycle in theblueprint stage, while a primarily empowering leader is excellent at givingpeople the tools and the freedom to lead themselves. Whatever your style, thekey is not to neglect these main aspects.”Leadershipis communicating a person’s worth so effectively that they come to see it inthemselves.”Sowhat’s your leadership styleMostlyAsThe Servant LeaderTheservant-leader approach takes the principle of empowerment to its logicalconclusion. You see your role as simply helping your employees succeed – tosupport those whom you lead. Thismeans not only giving them the necessary tools and systems, and the freedom toperform, but inspiring them to want to devote their energies to theorganisation’s mission – which also needs to be their mission. You recognisethat people’s time and physical ability may be bought, but you cannot buy theirheart, mind, and spirit. To achieve this you appreciate the culture of theorganisation must be built on principles such as trust and integrity: theremust be moral authority.MostlyBsThe captain Youare typically a highly driven individual who expects your people to be equallymotivated in following your direction. Youlike to be in charge, know everything that is going on and to take control, tothe extent sometimes of being termed a ‘control freak’. You also expect yourinstructions to be followed without question so that when a company orsituation is turned around or resolved, you know the credit is all yours.Otherstrong personalities within the organisation can be seen as challenges orthreats.MostlyCsThe inspirationalYouare a powerful force who inspires people to want to follow.Yourexample shines through your organisation, department or team and your sense ofpurpose and vision is clear to all. You often inspires the affection of peoplewho work with you. However,you are likely to leave the detail of how to achieve the goal to others withinthe organisation – who may feel the vision is all very well, but the detailprevents them reaching it.MostlyDsThe leader by exampleYouare interested in the detail of the organisation and like to consider whethersystems and processes are aligned the right way. Peoplesee and appreciate that you have a real interest in the nuts and bolts of theorganisation and in ensuring that it works smoothly. Yourun a highly efficient organisation, department or team while remaining low profile.However, you may tend to equate management with leadership, and considersystems and processes before considering people. Communication of visions andgoals may either be assumed, or seen as unnecessary or unrealistic.Providedby FranklinCovey Europe, a leader in solutions provision for organisational andpersonal effectiveness and performance.–For further information on FranklinCovey telephone 01295 274139 or visit www.franklincoveyeurope.com What kind of leader are you?On 11 Jun 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.