Leading with Style

I recently spoke at a university conference where I was asked, “What type of leadership is best utilized in leading an organization or team?”

There are numerous types of leaders. But many fall into two categories: The Aggressive Leader and The Committed Leader.

I describe the Aggressive Leader as one who moves very quickly and enters into a, “do as I say so” role. “-Never mind about your thoughts or ideas; I just want you to help me get there!” Aggressive Leaders don’t believe in a team effort or leaving a legacy. It’s about me, myself and I! This type of leader can accomplish success but one thought comes to mind — What will be the legacy once the reign comes to an end?

However, success is better achieved by one who leads by example and continues building and developing a pool of leaders through mentorship, so that the legacy does not end. Instead, it transcends over time. That is the leadership style of the Committed Leader.

In addition to legacy development and mentorship, sustainability in leadership is also very important to the Committed Leader. In this type of leadership style, one embraces a holistic approach in leading, making sure they engage their community and environment.

They are surrounded with friends and family who are themselves leaders and positive role models in the community. Committed Leaders are continuously finding and mentoring individuals who are eager to become leaders and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

I consider myself to be a Committed Leader. What type of leader do you want to be?

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