There are many different types of teams, leaders, and managers. I like to think I’ve had the pleasure of having some of the best teams, but of course I’m biased. I consider myself a leader not a manager. Titles are arbitrary and to me is just an attribute to help a system understanding how to apply roles. So my title never defines me. I may have stolen that from Robin Sharma “The Leader Who Had No Title”. But either way I truly believe this and try to avoid using my title or anyone’s in fact. I went as far as taking titles away from my team. Honestly, that’s still in beta So let’s see. That’s another post for another day. One thing I want to make clear, there is a major difference between a leader and a manager. A manager implements processes, they create goals. A leader sets a vision and have people follow them. How do you know when you're a leader? Simple, when you have followers.
I consider myself a leader. Trained by some of the best and retaining the experience of some of the worst. Mostly as a reminder to never make their mistakes. My leadership style like Sheryl Sandberg (love her) is...Diplomatic. Of course this is based on a few leadership style quizzes and reading way too many leadership books. I digress...what’s diplomatic leadership?
According to Forbes “Diplomats prize interpersonal harmony. They are the social glue and affiliative force that keeps groups together. Working for Diplomats is often more fun and social than working for other leaders (especially the Pragmatists). Diplomats put less emphasis on challenging their employees, focusing instead on putting their people in positions that leverage their strengths to achieve success.” I’m continually working on developing my leadership style and level. With John C. Maxwell as a dear mentor (thought I’ve never met him)...I will continue to grow.
It’s very important to understand your leadership style and level. Seriously, be honest with yourself and work from there. I don’t believe in the statement leaders are born not made. Leaders are developed and their styles are fostered through understanding their strengths. This is how I approach my teams.
How do you?