Everyone is different, so it stands to reason there should be endless different leadership styles as well. That’s actually not true. In my opinion you can break down each and every leader into one of six distinct categories.
In my course Sales Leadership Mastery I describe each of these leadership styles in depth and provide you with the tools you need to identify them in yourself and in your life. I know we’re all busy, so I wanted to give you a brief working profile. I’ve broken the leadership styles down in snapshot format for easy reference.
Leadership style no 1: Alpha Leader
Mindset: I am the boss, and I am in charge.
Description: Alpha Leaders often have extremely clear action plans. There is usually only one right way to do something in the eyes of an Alpha Leader. They’ll tell you what it is, how to do it, and then make sure it’s done.
Leadership style no 2: Facilitator
Mindset: I’m not managing, I’m just helping you figure it out.
Description: Facilitators are often conflict resolvers and perform well in customer-facing situations. They are usually customer-centric in their strategies and attitudes.
Leadership style no 3: Chaos Conductor
Mindset: I’ve got this all under control even though you can’t tell.
Description: Chaos Conductors are usually fast-paced. They excel at keeping multiple balls in the air by allowing their team to do their job freely. They do not micromanage. Chais Conductor offices tend to look disheveled or unkempt.
Leadership style no 4: Visionary
Mindset: I’ve found something else for us to try.
Description: Visionaries contribute new ideas and new processes regularly. They love to change the status quo just to see if something else will work. Delegation is a strength of theirs, and the often use it to juggle their many ideas.
Leadership style no 5: Sprinter
Mindset: I just did it. Now you should too.
Description: Sprinters need to have extremely motivated teams to keep up with them. They fly through tasks and processes quickly and expect others to keep up. Often they end up performing tasks themselves if they find their teammates to be too inefficient for their liking.
Leadership style no 6: Silent Leader
Mindset: Watch me. I’ll show you.
Description: Silent Leaders are very powerful in their effectiveness. They attract followers simply by conducting business and achieving results the way they usually would on their own. They are neither at one end of the spectrum or the other. They simply do what they came to do, let others see them do it, and move on.