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Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend

Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend April 28, 2021Leave a comment
Discovering Leadership

This post on discovering leadership is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend

If you’d prefer, you can listen to me unpack this article in my podcast – just click below!

Discovering your leadership blend can be as simple as looking through each of the ten leadership styles and picking the one you think fits you best. But there are few downsides with that approach. Leadership Leanings is a tool that allows you to discover your leadership style clearly and definitively, bringing clarity to what you know and what you need to do.

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Discovering Your Leadership Style Requires Accuracy

By simply choosing your own leadership style from a list, how do you know you’ve chosen the styles that actually reflect your common leadership practice? How do you know you are pragmatic in your approach when you could be methodical, which can look similar in some areas? You need data that clearly shows you where your preferences fall. You also need to avoid bias.

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Discovering Your Style Must Filter Out Bias

Sometimes we think, want, or hope we lead in a certain style when we actually don’t. How will you filter out any bias on your part, for example, if you are convinced you are a visionary leader when you aren’t?

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Discovering Your Leadership Style Must Involve Thinking Bigger Than Just Your Current Context

Our current roles may inhibit or limit us, or place us in a role we aren’t able to fully express ourselves in the way we are naturally wired. You may be in an administrative role and that context may affect your perceptions, but in reality, you could be highly relational yet not able to fully show it. You need to know what skills and talents could be locked away!

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Discovering Your Style Must Factor In Personal Intensity

Sure, you may well be clear you are relationally wired, but do you know how strong that wiring is? Is it slight or intense? This tells us if it is a primary style of yours or not. Perhaps, in comparison to your approach to task, you may even be balanced. These variables make a difference.

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Discovering Your Leadership Style Must Include Personal Nuance

Understanding how each of your styles interact with one another is important. What does it mean for you to be a relational pragmatist, for example, or both confident and methodical?

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Discovering Your Style Must Identify Your Strengths – And Therefore Your Weaknesses

Knowing which drivers you are strong in is important for development and recognition purposes. You need to know what you are good at, and what you can grow in. Pinpointing your strengths and weaknesses isn’t easily possible without data and metrics that show it.

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Discovering Your Leadership Must Lead To Clear Next Steps

Once you’ve discovered your leadership style, practically, what will you do next? Without a clear development plan, there is the risk of missed opportunities for growth. Once you discover your unique leadership blend, there are a number of insights available to you. For example, you will have a greater insight into the following:

  • Goals and motivations
  • Core needs
  • Expectation of others
  • Interpersonal approach
  • Suitable roles
  • Leadership practice
  • Style of conflict
  • Communication style
  • Leadership Achilles Heel
  • Responding to pressure
  • Anxieties and Triggers
  • Areas of development

Each of these will help you identify and develop an aspect of yourself. As an example, here is a chart that shows how what kind of role and work on a team each Leadership Leaning is most naturally suited for. If you knew this information about you, what difference would that make in your current role?:

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Summary

Leadership Leanings is a tool that gives extraordinary, deep insight in a clear and visual way. You can’t simply categorise a leader in one of ten available boxes to identify their leadership style and think the job is done. No, we all draw facets from other leadership styles in church. We’ll be strong in some drivers and weaker in others.

Leadership Leanings is unique because it will tell you:

  • What does your unique mixture of styles look like? What does it mean to be a relational activist, for example, or a visionary introspective? How would being a methodical thinker or a spontaneous thinker affect your day to day?
  • What about intensity? You may know you are more pragmatic than visionary, but how is leadership different for a high pragmatist, a moderate pragmatist, and a low pragmatist, for example?
  • Would knowing this information about people in your team make your leadership and management of them easier and clearer?
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Leadership Leanings is a unique tool that brings invaluable clarity and insight through clear, visual methods. But don’t take my word for it – here are a couple of testimonials from people who have taken the Leadership Leanings assessment themselves, or with the rest of their team.

“My leadership team is more focused”

“After meeting with Anthony for one day, my leadership team is more focused and on the same page. We are still assimilating all that we learned but I can honestly say that his consulting is already proving to be invaluable.”

Nancy Boyd
Grace of God, Dinuba, CA, USA

“His training style and interaction is excellent”

“We invited Anthony to share at our retreat and as a church have used his “Panoramic Leadership” teaching and principles on a regular basis since that time. His training style and interaction is excellent.  I highly recommend him.”

Ron Tanaka
Founding Pastor, Ascent Christian Fellowship, Pasadena, CA, USA

To find out more about discovering the Leadership Leaning for you or for your team, click here to contact me.

This post on discovering leadership is part of a series of Ten Leadership Styles In Church. The other posts in the series are:

  1. Ten Leadership Styles That Make A Difference In Church
  2. Is Your Leadership Perspective Visionary or Pragmatic?
  3. Is Your Leadership Focus Relationship or Outcome?
  4. Is Your Leadership Framework Methodical or Flexible?
  5. Is Your Leadership Perception Confident or Sensitive?
  6. Is Your Leadership Engagement Action or Introspection?
  7. Discovering Your Unique Leadership Blend

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