Perfectionists are known to be principled and disciplined leaders. Their style is likely to be formal, correct, and polite. Emotional restraint and attempts to control their impulsive behavior are hallmarks of the Perfectionist. Style 1 leaders are driven to do the right thing and are often conformists, rather than being out in front forging new paths. They follow the rules and expect others to do the same. Style 1s focus on order, structure, and putting procedures in place. Quality work and output is required, and they set very high standards for both themselves and others. Perfectionists tend to be somewhat risk-adverse. They are afraid to make mistakes or be judged by others and will strive to achieve unattainable standards of perfection. This can slow down the organisation and stifle creativity. They will exhaust themselves in the process. Perfectionists inspire through their integrity and standards of quality, and by taking responsibility for their actions. They are the type of leader who is known to be fair and ethical.
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The People Pleaser
People Pleasers are known to be very relational and engaging. These are two of their core strengths. Healthy People Pleasers tune in to the needs and feelings of their team members and pay close attention to the people aspect and core values of the business. Attention to customer service is their focus, whether internal or external customers. However, where we are gifted, we are also challenged. Style 2s can get overly involved in the personal lives of their team and may try to please people in the organisation in order to be liked and garner appreciation. They have a need to be needed. In the process, they easily lose sight of the business and are challenged in making tough decisions. The People Pleasers’ Achilles’ heel is their pride—they have a hard time asking for and receiving help, and would rather attempt to make themselves indispensable to others. A real blind spot for Style 2s is to overinflate their self-importance to the organisation or to people in positions of power and authority.
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Achievers know how to perform and produce. They have a bias for action and are competitive and goal focused. Style 3s are driven and seen as self-assured and self-possessed. They have a can-do attitude. Relationships (work and personal) are secondary to their focus on success and crossing the finish line. Achievers emphasise efficiency and productivity. Just do it! is their motto. They tend to have little patience for the details but can drill down when needed. Cutting corners is an option, and they are known to try to win at all costs. As you might imagine, because they are so results oriented, Style 3s have a tough time functioning in highly bureaucratic environments. However, they will fit in and do what is necessary to achieve their goals. People who work for Style 3 leaders often feel as though their sole purpose is to help the leaders become successful. The reward for success that Achievers seek is to be admired and recognised. On the high side, Achievers are great mentors and supporters, and help others to shine. When they connect with their heart’s desire, Style 3s are unstoppable and can be a force for positive change.
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Individualists’ leadership style will be uncustomary. Authentic expression is paramount for them, and therefore they are prone to have their own unique way of going about things. Style 4s take a creative approach to their business, want to put their own stamp on their organisation, and have their attention focused on quality and style. Their team will experience them as sensitive, personal, and having an out-of-the-box way of leading and working. They have a driving need for self-expression and want to see their ideas come to life. They are likely to be seen as temperamental, moody, and self-absorbed. They want work to be personal and meaningful and will avoid what they perceive to be ordinary or mundane work. Individualists’ self-identity is wrapped up in their work, and when they believe their work is a true expression of how they see themselves, they are hardworking, disciplined, focused, and tenacious.
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The Detached Observer
Style 5s tend to lead by remote control. They are more likely to retreat to the comfort of their inner sanctum in order to come up with innovative solutions, and decide and announce rather than engage and involve. Leading with their expertise and inspiring through their innovative ideas and intellect is the Detached Observers’ hallmark. Style 5s conserve their energy and are protective of their time and space. They want to be left alone with their ideas to "figure things out." Detached Observer leaders like to engage people's minds. They are not known for having an either relational or empathic approach. Style 5s are more likely to set themselves up as advisors, gurus, or the go-to person for their expertise. They are apt to tell you what they know rather than who they are. Style 5s have a very few trusted intimates and tend to be quite private. Detached Observers’ style can be a bit cold, impersonal, and intellectually arrogant. While they may feel insecure inside, to others they can appear intimidating, which serves to keep people at a distance. Style 5s inspire because of their ability to innovate and to problem-solve, their expertise, their in-depth subject matter knowledge, and their ability to foresee and envision. They are gifted with an ability to stand back and see situations from an objective distance. Many take significant risks in order to bring their ideas to fruition.
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The Loyal Skeptic
The Loyal Skeptics’ style is likely to be relational with a primary focus on the team. Style 6 is a gifted planner, preparer, and researcher. Loyal Skeptics excel at risk analysis and will analyse a situation from all angles before making a decision. Because of their focus on problem prevention, they can get lost in analysis paralysis, and their insecurities can prevent them from taking bold action. Loyal Skeptics have a need to know. They are great at drilling down to make sure they fully comprehend people's ideas and plans. Team members and colleagues can feel as if they are being scrutinised, but hang in there—you will have a much better plan if you can respond to the numerous queries of Type 6. They will help clarify and add rigor to your thinking. Loyal Skeptics can feel pressured to shoulder the responsibility of people's expectations. However, they are known to be loyal and reliable once they make a commitment and can be your biggest champion. Under continued stress, Loyal Skeptics can become suspicious and mistrustful of others' motivations, always reading between the lines. They can use fear to mobilise people by focusing on the dangers on the road ahead; start showing off to impress people, belying their own insecurities; or cut themselves off from others. At their best, they are courageous in the face of fear and excellent in a crisis—people will follow them because they demonstrate confidence and courage in emergent situations.
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The Enthusiast’s leadership style tends to be inspirational, visionary, and intellectual—synthesizing many streams of information. Enthusiasts have a hard time committing to a long-term strategy and like to keep their options open to new opportunities. They can create too many priorities and goals that are shifting targets. Style 7s are great at launching projects, but they often lose steam after the initial excitement and are on to the next great thing. Enthusiasts like mental stimulation and are known to keep several balls spinning in the air at once. When working for Style 7s, it can be difficult to know where to put your time and energy. Enthusiast leaders and managers expect you to do your job with minimal supervision, and they will hold you to a high standard of output. When someone on the team does not follow through, take initiative, or meet their standards, Style 7s can become impatient, critical, and sharp. Enthusiasts often avoid having tough, clarifying discussions up front to make sure that everyone is aligned and in agreement. Unfortunately, this can create misunderstandings down the road. They tend to be trusting of others and have a naive optimism that everything will somehow work out. Enthusiasts are gifted at seeing patterns and thinking from a systems perspective. Their joy and energy is infectious, and they influence with their optimism and clear vision for the future. Style 7s are particularly welcome leaders when the chips are down—when a new vision and strategy are called for and people need uplifting.
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Style 8s are take-charge, autocratic, decisive leaders. They can come across as tough, loud, and excessive. Bosses want to see big things happen in their organisation and are willing to take big risks, as well as the heat and responsibility for their decisions. Style 8s like to move mountains, are drawn to turnaround situations, and will enlist and inspire others to join in the challenge.They tend to be direct and blunt, missing a subtler approach to communication. Bosses demand loyalty from the team and will offer up protection and support in exchange. They are hard-driving, impatient, and impulsive; trust their gut; and deal with the consequences of their decisions later (or not). Others experience Style 8s as steamrollers—domineering, powerful, and intimidating. Style 8s lose respect for people they see as whiny or weak. Bosses have a hard time working for others and prefer to run their own organisation. They want to call the shots, and they try to avoid putting themselves in positions where others have power over them. Style 8s can be saboteurs if they don’t agree with the direction set by their boss or the board, or if they experience a loss of decision-making control. Bosses don’t want their authority challenged. They are known for angry outbursts and don't like surprises, and they want to be kept informed but not bogged down by details.Style 8s are natural-born leaders. They easily step in to take charge, readily express their opinions, and tend to be visionary and carve out a path for others to follow. People who work for Style 8s feel their power and are inspired by their ability to make things happen and stand up to authority. Those who follow the Bosses’ lead feel safe under their protection.
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Style 9s are known for bringing stability to an organisation. In an organisation’s life cycle, their style can be of particular benefit after a period of change and disruption. However, if you expect Style 9s to establish an aggressive change agenda, you’ll find that they are more likely to maintain the status quo and avoid rocking the boat. Rather than make difficult decisions, Style 9s are known to choose more familiar routes and habits. They are comfortable following procedures and keeping their routines. They have a propensity for avoiding decision making, either by needing more information, suggesting a cautious approach, or deciding not to decide. In fact, Style 9s tend to be rather indecisive, afraid to offend, and they self-distract by getting sidetracked with smaller, secondary matters. They don't do well in high-stress, highly competitive environments. When feeling pressured, Peacemakers can become stubborn and disappear. Peacemakers are able to bring stability and calm in the storm. They are generally kind, calm, and agreeable. Style 9s are gifted with seeing many viewpoints and can bridge differences. Their team will experience them as supportive, accepting, and nondirective. Style 9s want people to take their own initiative. They are inclusive, consensus-oriented decision makers and seek common ground.