What type of leader are you?

Monday, January 6th, 2014 By Jack Nevison

Project managers know that there's always room to improve their leadership skills. But they should first take a step back and consider which skills need the most work.

In other words, what type of leader are you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?

In a recent article on the Harvard Business Review, contributor Manfred F. R. Kets de Vries presented eight different archetypes of leadership and claimed that the majority of managers fall into one particular categories.

"As these influences play out over time, one typically sees a number of recurring patterns of behavior that influence an individual's effectiveness within an organization," he wrote. "I think of these patterns as leadership 'archetypes,' reflecting the various roles executives can play in organizations and it is a lack of fit between a leader's archetype and the context in which he or she operates [that] is a main cause of team and organizational dysfunctionality and executive failure."

So which type of leader are you? Are you the strategist, who views leadership as a game of chess and has the vision and creative thinking skills to succeed? Are you the change-catalyst, who is skilled at turning organizations around? What about the transactor, who relishes making deals?

Take a moment to consider this list and see which traits apply to you. Then look over our New Leaf training programs to decide which ones might best help you and your organization. To lead projects in the way you feel most comfortable, check out our our white papers and QPM quizzes that let you earn PDU credits for PMP recertification.

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