The Leadership Gap

What Type of Leader Should You Aim to Be

The Leadership Gap
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There are many kinds of leaders. Actually, anyone can be a leader but the thing is – can everyone be a great leader? We’ve seen leaders come and go – some forgotten, and some who stood out.

Why are some leaders greater than the rest? What makes them a force to reckon with? What qualities do they have that sets them apart?

It’s no secret that no leadership comes without snags. The challenges will always be there. How do great leaders weather through time?

We recognize that each leader is different, personality and style when it comes to managing. We identify today the types of personality a leader has and how to overcome the challenges they face.

Each style has different pros and cons – we will discuss how we can go around these to have a successful leadership.

The Leader Who Pushes the Envelope

This type of leader knows exactly what the issue is. They don’t think about the large obstacles in solving it – they do it anyway. They go on extremes to provide a solution. Even when no one is making a step towards the problem, they overcome it.

Leaders who think this way are confident. They are confident because they are skilled and knowledgeable – they know they can do it. They are very competent. There background enables them to be more competent in solving the issues.

What will prevent us from being this type of leader? Doubting yourself. You think about the situation, see it as a feat – then you fall into extreme self-doubt.

You will feel a lot of pressure because it will mean doing things no one is doing. You suddenly feel afraid and think you can’t do it.

However, there are ways to combat this feeling of uncertainty:

  • Stop the “comparathon”. Marathon comparison with other people.
  • Don’t be afraid to look for support. Nothing like a good back-up system like the people close to you to support you in difficult times.
  • When the going gets tough, list down your accomplishments to remind you that you have done it before – it gives you the confidence that you can do it again.
  • Know your skills. Whatever gaps you have there – look for training or improvement to gain more confidence in that area.
  • Always keep in mind why you’re doing this – the purpose. Things are more meaningful when it has a bigger purpose.
  • Lastly, while you strive for perfection and it frustrates you – nothing is really perfect in this world.

The Leader that Searches Their Mind

There are people who are great in intuition. Although they are analytical, they make decisions based on their intuition.

There are leaders whose rely on their intuition to make decisions. This is not an incidental characteristic though. Intuition can be harnessed in time due to past issues and situations encountered before. It is an accumulation of experience that has led to sharpening one’s intuition.

However, people like to rely much on leaders with high intuition. This is a tempting situation for an intuitive kind of leader because they can get people to do what they want. The negative effect of this is manipulation.

Letting people rely on you more to get what YOU want. Not necessarily for everyone’s good. This is already exploitation. You use people’s trust for your gain.

This situation can be avoided. To keep you from the “dark side”:

  • Review your intentions when you ask from people. Is it something that will only benefit you?
  • No matter how easy it is to manipulate, don’t take advantage. People are not preys.
  • There is the danger of saying things even untrue, to convince people. Don’t. Be true and intentional with your words.
  • Focus on your good qualities to do better – self-assured and decisive.

The Leader Who Tells the Truth

There is that one individual who puts importance to the truth at all times. That kind of leader recognizes that the truth is deserved by the people around. Even if the truth will put his relationship at risk with others – it must still be put out there.

This kind of leader is very open, honest and to say, can be painfully frank at times. Presenting the truth always can be a difficult thing to do for most people, so a leader with this quality can be a rare thing.

The problem with this type of leader – they can fall into the trap of thinking that people around them aren’t telling the truth.

They will suspect that the truth is being covered up – making them think that since no one’s telling the truth they will just go with the lie. They will blame others and will not feel responsible with what they’ve done because they have thought it was justified.

To avoid getting into this trap:

  • Be an example – do not lie.
  • Be open with the information. There’s no need to lie if the information is exchanged freely. People would make assumptions if the information shared is incomplete. The assumption may be wrong, which will be passed on as the truth.
  • Be flexible. Be more open-minded.
  • Avoid the blame game, use the time to look for solutions instead.

The Leader Who Saves

When things get tough and the others just sit back and wait for things to unfold, there’s this type of person who goes out of his way to do something about it. This leader is like our modern type super hero. He saves the day by stepping up and solving the problem.

The leader who says is a courageous person. It takes courage to take responsibility. Why are others at the sideline? They are afraid to move forward. These leaders are brave enough to face the problem.

And what is the opposite of courage? Fear. Why take on the challenge when you can rely on other people to do it for you? You have just become a spectator.

You can overcome fear, don’t just go watching on the sidelines.

  • Check your posture! Standing tall can boost your confidence.
  • Always keep in mind that you need to act. When you always think of fear, what would your next action be? Of course, nothing.
  • Be in control of the situation, you can decide that you can step up and take action.

The Leader Who Creates

Then there’s this leader who invents, re-invents products and services. They have a vision of what they want and they create it. They take risks, even experience failures in building their visions.

This type of leader is with integrity. They understand themselves and what they believe in so they move forth.

The absence of integrity is corruption. There are several circumstances in life that we encounter that compromises our integrity – thus preventing ourselves from being a leader who creates.

A leader without integrity destroys everything around him. Rather than building the vision for everyone, he starts to serve himself only instead.

Here’s how to maintain that integrity:

  • Know yourself first and foremost. It is through knowing oneself that you assess who you are – to keep your integrity intact.
  • Keep your commitments. Don’t make a habit of breaking them. There’s integrity in keeping your word. And if you do fall short, be accountable.
  • Keep your standards high. As they say, “do the right thing even when no one is looking”.
  • Be positive. When you always look at the downside, most likely, you will feel the need to compromise.

The Leader Who Steers the Ship

Do you know those people who can break down the solution to simpler steps? Do you know the people who leads the way out of the situation?

They are the people who steers the ship out of the storm. These leaders are the captains of the situation. They are on top of it, and they lead the group towards the solution.

This type of leader is powered by trust. They themselves trust in their own capabilities. They trust themselves to get through the problem and they create an environment of trust as well. The leader enables to people to trust the situation and take the risk.

However, with trust involved – there is the risk of becoming full of oneself. Because of the trust everyone gives to the leader – this might enable the leader to think that he is right all the time.

He becomes unbearable and arrogant. The leader will try to fix everything except himself. He has become a micromanager.

It’s a slippery slope but it can be avoided if you do the following:

  • Be an example. Respect, trust and appreciate the people.
  • Emphasize importance on commitment and character.
  • Start with fixing yourself first. You might be the problem as well.
  • It’s so tempting to solve other people’s problems, remind yourself not to be so immersed on it. Give them the chance to solve concerns by themselves also.

The Leader Who Protects

Have you met some people who stand by you in times of turmoil? Because of their beliefs, they will stand and protect the people around them.

They will defend also if the need arises. There are such leaders. They have the need to protect the people that matters to them. They have a strong belief in defending what’s right.

This type of leader is known for their loyalty. They have unwavering loyalty to what they believe in. Because of that, they feel that they have a purpose – a purpose to protect and defend.

The downside of this – it can be pretty extreme. All these needs to be loyal, to protect and defend – it can lead to selfish purposes. It can come to a point that you will justify that by serving yourself, you also serve others. It’s not about the cause anymore but just all about you.

You can always balance out this situation:

  • Try to put yourself in another person’s situation. Observe how they communicate with you.
  • Connect with the people. Try to know them better, it’s not supposed to be just about you.
  • Don’t expect people to be loyal if you can’t be.
  • Serve other first, keep that in mind always.

You could be any of these types of leaders, a combination, or even all of it! As you see, it’s not really easy being a leader. There are challenges and dangers along the way whatever your type is. However, there is always a way to be better. You can pull through if you just choose to improve!

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