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Leadership Styles

John Maxwell's 10 Leadership Styles required for developing a Leadership Team:

1. Visionary Leader

The visionary supplies the team with its energizing dream. He or she sees farther into the future than others, sees opportunities and threats more quickly than others, and sees bigger possibilities than others can imagine. 

2. Directional leader

Directional leaders point the way to the vision. They make certain that the team stays on the best road. As John F. Kennedy said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.”

3. Strategic leader

Strategic leaders evaluate the present situation and then gather the resources needed at each stage of the organization’s journey. They understand the process of getting from one step to the next. They have a wide field of vision, seeing a number of contingencies, and because of them the organization is seldom blindsided.

4. The Manager

These leaders know their priorities and the people who can make them happen. They set objectives and then create metrics to measure performance. Their focused leadership aids organizational efficiency.

5. Motivational leader

Motivational leaders firmly believe that people are an organization’s most valuable assets. They constantly encourage others, and they set a visible example for others to follow. In addition, they know the keys to the key players. That is, they understand what drives the organization’s primary influencers, and they use that information to provide personalized incentives to them.

6. The Shepherd

These leaders give extraordinary care to the players on the team. They’re easy to talk to, and they have a knack for empathizing with others. They lead with the heart and have a servant attitude that uplifts everyone around them.

7. The Team - builder

Team-builders have an innate ability to see how people fit together so that their strengths complement one another. These leaders possess strong relational skills and readily connect with their teammates. In addition, they have very little ego and are quick to highlight the accomplishments of others.

8. The Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs are self-starters who see risk in terms of opportunity. They value possibility more than security. Unafraid to fail, they’re resilient and bounce back from defeat more quickly than others.

9. Reengineering leader

This style of leadership loves problems. They itch to clean up carnage and repair damage. No team stays on top for long without a reengineer to identify outmoded systems and to correct them. These leaders never settle for the status quo and constantly look for ways to upgrade and improve operations.

10. The Bridge-builder

Bridge-builders are great negotiators. They work well with people and network continually. As inherent pragmatists, they do not view compromise as a dirty word but rather as a necessary step to move the team forward.

Practical Exercise

1. Pick out your top two leadership styles.

2. Ask others to name your top two leadership styles. Did they select the same ones that you did? Are you seeing yourself accurately?

3. List your leadership team along with their styles. After the list is complete, identify which styles are missing.

4. Commit to finding leaders with styles complementary to your areas of weakness.