The John Wayne model makes people roll their eyes. The South American dictator model inspires passion, but getting passionate for a cause is a bit out of fashion at the moment. The eccentric football coach? Works for Belichick and Maradona, but their status came after the fame…no causality there. The media darling soon gets exposed as less than ideal. So who are the leader prototypes du jour?
1). The great orator – never really went out of style, but is definitely going strong at the moment. What you say accounts for less than 10% of the message transmitted to the audience – a fact that certainly works in the orator’s favor.
2.) The business leader who looks the part – well-dressed, appears to have his/her life in order, is tall, doesn’t say anything remotely controversial, and appears to be good at making decisions (makes decisions by apparently considering all the options…but then does what he originally intended to do). Also known as the empty suit.
3.) The detail-oriented guy – heroically points out small errors that others made with little creative contribution of his own. Also prone to Monday morning quarterbacking – i.e. “if only I had controlled that decision, it would have turned out better.” Can cause entire corporations to grind to a halt as no one wants to make a decision that our hero has retrospectively predicted would turn out badly!
4.) The manipulator – people are not as clueless as this guy believes.
So, if those are some of the non-leader prototypes, what makes a good leader?
5.) The listener – does not just listen, but actually remains flexible enough to change based on feedback.
6.) The unifier – brings people together to solve a problem.
7.) Action Jackson – (pause for eye roll). Yep, this is the guy that turns plans into action. Understands that planning is only the first step and launches himself into execution. Prone to sudden outbursts of “get’er done!”
8.) The Danielson – Focus Danielson, Focus! The person that knows what’s important and what’s not, and allocates resources accordingly. Prioritizes rather than throwing lots at a wall to see what sticks.
9.) The realist – Not convinced that his judgment is always right, but not lacking in confidence either. Realizes that some of his good decisions were based on luck, and some bad decisions were his fault. Knows that it is all part of the game.
There’s plenty others…let’s see who can be the most creative in the comments section.