So what style of leadership is the best? My answer to this is the one that best uses your natural strengths.
When I was younger, I tried to lead or manage the way that I thought it was “supposed” to be done, but I wasn’t being true to myself and probably not as effective as I could have been.
In Strengths Based Leadership by Tom Rath and Barry Conchie, leadership styles are divided into four types: 1) Executing, 2) Influencing, 3) Relationship Building, and 4) Strategic Thinking.
I fall into the Strategic Thinking category. Rath and Conchie say:
“Leaders with great Strategic Thinking strengths are the ones who keep us all focused on what could be. They are constantly absorbing and analyzing information and helping the team make better decisions. People with strength in this domain continually stretch our thinking for the future.” tweet
I am always thinking of how things can be better and pushing towards this. I reject when people say things like, “we can’t do that because we have never done it before” or “this is the way we have always done things.”
While I can execute, influence, and build relationships, I go about these things in a different way than someone that leads with one of these strengths. I am not saying that all introverts fall into the Strategic Thinking category, but I am saying that an introvert will likely have a different leadership style than an extrovert. Find yours.