Wednesday, 25 September 2013

What Type of #Leader Do You Want to Be?

Often it is difficult to define what #leadership is, or the type of leader you want to be. Part 4 of our leadership series explores leadership traits and follows our earlier blog posts on Leadership styles, Situational Leadership and Authentic Leadership.

Below are some aspects of leadership that you might find helpful. They might provide some ideas for the type of leader you aspire to be.

Are You A Blue Sky Thinker - Want to Push the Boundaries?

Are you Authentic?

Do you:
  • Have an acute awareness of self and others?
  • Care not about being right but about succeeding? 
  • Use emotional intelligence? 
  • Focus not on what is said but on how it is said? 
  • Display integrity, building trust and inspiring others to follow?

Are you Visionary?

Do you:
  • Never stop challenging the process or pushing the boundaries? 
  • Challenge perceptions?
  • Bounce back and learn from failures because you are a pioneer? 
  • Continually strive for improvement? 
  •  Instinctively know the right path? 
  • Create focus and alignment?
  • Believe anything is possible?

Are you Action Orientated?

Do you:
  • Have a high energy approach? 
  • Believe in the mantra do something, doing anything – but act decisively and just do it? 
  • Display role model behaviour, leading by example and going first? 
  • Regard detail as analysis paralysis?

Are you a Problem Solver?

Do you:
  • Embrace risk? 
  • Feel motivated by overcoming obstacles, regarding them as an opportunity to develop and learn? 
  • See patterns and trends?

Do you Develop Future Leaders?

Do you:
  • Stretch people to ensure they develop, whilst providing a safe environment to try new things? 
  • Surround yourself with talented people and create high energy teams?
  • Act as a trusted advisor for difficult challenges? 
  • Have high expectations – of outputs, yourself and others? 
  • Ask more questions than you answer?
  • Focus on the strengths of others rather than their developmental areas? 
  • Share your own career experiences?
  • Provide career advancement opportunities through networking and assignments?