Leaders of all previous eras, unite! The #usguys have issued a challenge to describe 21st Century leadership at #usblogs.
At one time, leaders were the men or (rarely) women with the biggest sticks — in many cases, it was simply the person with the power to ground you, fire your butt or otherwise make life miserable if you didn’t tow the line.
Although autocratic leaders still exist, the truth is their leadership style is going the way of the dinosaur. But, like the rubber toys above, if you’re flexible enough, even a dinosaur can find the right situation and survive to shout another day (though personally, I don’t know anyone who truly follows anyone who shouts to get results).
Adaptation seems to be the key to successful leadership, because anytime we deal with issues that involve the human element, complexity is part of the equation. There is no one leadership style that works in every situation.
Leadership is really the ability to move a group towards a common goal. So it does kind of make sense to understand your own style and know which situations work best for you.
And on that note, I guess you should call me if you need a revolution. Here’s how I measure up:
- 25 – Change-oriented leadership
- 22 – Visionary leadership
- 22 – Ideological leadership
- 18 – Participative leadership
- 17 – Leadership theorist
- 13 – Executive leadership
- 13 – Action-oriented leadership
- 10 – Goal-oriented leadership