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Xenonex asks: What type of leader are you?

The Xenonex team have been busy delivering a wide range of coaching and mentoring sessions within organisations across the UK.  Through our work we come across all types of leaders with all sorts of styles and methods of leadership.

 

I therefore found these patterns or archetypes of leadership identified by Manfred F.R. Kets de Vries, Professor of Leadership Development and Organisational Change at INSEAD of interest and thought you might too.

 

So, what kind of leader are you?

 

The strategist: leadership as a game of chess. These people are good at dealing with developments in the organisation’s environment. They provide vision, strategic direction and outside-the-box thinking to create new organisational forms and generate future growth.

 

The change-catalyst: leadership as a turnaround activity. These executives love messy situations. They are masters at re-engineering and creating new organisational ”blueprints.”

 

The transactor: leadership as deal making. These executives are great dealmakers. Skilled at identifying and tackling new opportunities, they thrive on negotiations.

 

The builder: leadership as an entrepreneurial activity. These executives dream of creating something and have the talent and determination to make their dream come true.

 

The innovator: leadership as creative idea generation. These people are focused on the new. They possess a great capacity to solve extremely difficult problems.

 

The processor: leadership as an exercise in efficiency. These executives like organisations to be smoothly running, well-oiled machines. They are very effective at setting up the structures and systems needed to support an organisation’s objectives.

 

The coach: leadership as a form of people development. These executives know how to get the best out of people, thus creating high performance cultures.

 

The communicator: leadership as stage management. These executives are great influencers, and have a considerable impact on their surroundings.

 

Working out which types of leaders you have on your team can work wonders for your effectiveness as a group.  It helps you to recognise how you and your colleagues can individually make their best contributions. This will in turn create a culture of mutual support and trust, reduce team stress and conflict, and make for more creative problem solving. It also informs your search for new additions to the team: what kinds of personality and skills are you missing?

 

Xenonex delivers innovative and bespoke client-centred solutions in Executive CoachingLeadership Development and training across the UK. We work at Executive, Senior and Middle Management levels to maximise and transform the way people work.

To find out more contact Jo Watson, Business Development Manager on 01423 876371 or email jo.watson@xenonex.co.uk

 

Suzanna Prout