Different Leadership Roles
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” -John F. Kennedy
“Good leadership consists of showing average people how to do the work of superior people.” -John D. Rockefeller
“Leadership is unlocking people’s potential to become better.” -Bill Bradley
“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” -Warren Bennis
“Talent is God given. Be humble. Fame is a man given. Be grateful. The conceit is self-given. Be careful.” – John Wooden
In the Visionary role a leader:
- Dreams the seemingly impossible dream and turns it into a real possibility.
- Innovates a powerful idea about the future.
- Articulates that idea in simple terms to inspire the whole organization to act.
- Sustains creativity and optimism.
- Is committed and determined to be undeterred by obstacles in the path of the vision
In the Globalist role a leader:
- Becomes a world traveler in the body, mind, and spirit.
- Fosters the organization's success in leveraging the diversity of its workforce and furthering its global activities.
- Bridges cultural differences by demonstrating interest, understanding, and appreciation of different cultures.
- Finds the common ground so that productive work can occur.
- Remains willing to question own beliefs and adaptable to ideas that spring from people of different backgrounds.
In the Mentor role a leader:
- Is committed to ongoing personal and professional development.
- Helps people advance their careers through various learning opportunities.
- Honors the development desires of each person.
- Is devoted to the uniqueness of each individual.
- Motivates by creating an environment for people to find their own inner drive.
In the Ally role a leader:
- Builds partnerships by seeking ever higher standards of effective, mutually beneficial collaboration.
- Sees the benefits of productive work partnerships in teams, informal interactions, and work with suppliers, customers, etc.
- Realizes conflict is often a sign of opposing valuable perspectives and seeks dialogue to extract benefit from it.
- Is expansive in a willingness to extend trust to others.
In the Sovereign role a leader:
- Is always thoughtful in the use of power?
- Takes risks and faces uncertainty in being decisive.
- Accepts responsibility for consequences of decisions.
- Takes a stand even when it is unpopular.
- Empowers others by extending decision authority to them.
- Remains completely reliable in honoring commitments.
In the Guide role a leader:
- Is a flexible organizer, keeping people and things in directed motion.
- Achieves goals by applying clearly stated principles, based on core values, to guide actions on tasks.
- Makes the journey as worthwhile as the goals.
- Is excited and challenged to keep things moving forward regardless of the obstacles and restraints.
- Uses expertise to do the work and support the efforts of others.
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