Leadership Personalities: Narcissistic Types

NarcissistEveryone I talk with is familiar with the narcissistic type leader, but not many people understand precisely how the term can apply in both a positive and a negative sense. Mostly the term is bandied about to describe all sorts of negative and destructive behaviors.

I think we need to explore how productive narcissistic personalities help organizations and in some cases, may be an effective leadership personality for future challenges.

A good book to read in order to understand this concept is Michael Maccoby in Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails (Crown Business, 2012). Read More »

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Leadership Personalities:
Obsessives and Marketing Types

Leadership-PersonalitiesI’ve been discussing leadership personalities and the importance of evaluating leadership potential using personality types. I believe that past performance isn’t sufficient for finding and selecting tomorrow’s leaders. There are too many complex global challenges that future leaders will face.

An excellent book, Michael Maccoby in Narcissistic Leaders: Who Succeeds and Who Fails (Crown Business, 2012) offers a great review of personality types as they show up in leadership in organizations.

The four leadership personality types are erotics (not a sexual term), obsessives, marketing, and narcissistic. This post describes obsessive leaders and marketing personality types. Read More »

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Four Leadership Personality
Types That Matter

Leadership-PersonalityFrom what I see in the organizations where I consult, there’s an urgent need to understand leadership personality. Today―and especially for the future―we need leaders who can engage the workforce, manage people, and inspire collaboration and innovation.

Evaluation of leadership personality types is an essential part of the selection process for CEOs and top executives, but perhaps we do not fully comprehend how important personality types are for influencing leadership effectiveness. Read More »

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Finding Leaders for the Future:
Leadership Personality Matters

Leadership-personalityThink about it. We are in the midst of great social, economic, scientific and political change. Intelligent approaches count more than ever if we’re to build sustainable results in rapidly changing, complex markets. The way leaders decide strategic plans is influenced by leaders’ personalities, priorities and worldview.

Given the financial and societal impact of global business, there’s an urgent need to understand leadership personality. If we fail to appreciate how leaders’ personalities influence strategic decisions, we risk selecting leaders who are incapable of setting an organization’s direction. Read More »

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Getting Goldilock Leadership “Just Right”

Leadership-strengthsIn my discussion of leadership strengths, I emphasize that too much dependence on a strength can backfire. Too much strategic thinking leads to not enough attention to operational details. Too much dominance and hard-driving encouragement leads to not enough listening and empathy to individuals.

How can leaders manage people by using their strengths “just right” without overextending them to the point they become liabilities? How do leaders take full advantage of their natural talents, without going too far? Read More »

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Leadership Strengths Come in Pairs

Leadership-StrengthsI’ve been discussing the fact that leadership strengths training fails to recognize when strengths are overused. Most leaders are familiar with the concept of leadership competencies skill sets coming in pairs. Multiple assessment tools classify people’s preferences as either “task-oriented” vs. “people-oriented,” “big picture” vs. “detail-oriented” or “analytic” vs. “intuitive.” Read More »

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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leaders Overplay Strengths

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Many leaders fear they’ll lose their edge if they stop leading with their strengths. They must instead learn to use this strength more selectively.

This may be the hardest developmental work one can take on. Behavioral changes are a demanding goal, and it’s even harder to change or modulate what you’ve always done well. It often requires that you trace your leadership behavior back to the faulty thinking that led you to form false assumptions. This doesn’t mean you have to go into therapy. You can work with an executive coach to realign your leadership strengths. Read More »

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Leadership Strengths:
Too Much of a Good Thing?

Leadership-StrengthsWhen leadership strengths are overemphasized, they’re often overused. This is the downside of strengths-based leadership development. It doesn’t take into account how the very strengths that leaders depend on can be detrimental to careers and to the people they manage.

Who hasn’t had to work for a leader who was so exceptionally brilliant at operational details that they ended up being micromanaged to death? Or for a supportive boss who asked for everyone’s input but delayed making timely decisions? In the work I do in organizations, I hear these complaints. Read More »

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Lopsided Leadership:
When Leadership Strengths Fail

Leadership-StrengthsIn the last decade, leadership development experts have enthusiastically pushed to improve leadership strengths instead of addressing leaders’ weaknesses. This approach may have some success in growing individuals’ effectiveness, but it’s fundamentally flawed.

Strengths training and coaching have somewhat of a cult-like following among HR and coaching professionals. Leaders are encouraged to develop their unique strengths and focus on fortifying areas in which they’re naturally talented. Read More »

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Great Presentations: Why Shorter is Better

Great-presentationsWhat is the best way to craft great presentations? I’ve been discussing how to upgrade the quality of your speeches by looking at the great examples on TED Talks. These fascinating videos can demonstrate how to speak on just about every topic imaginable and they’re delivered in under 20 minutes.

There is a reason why 18-minutes is the ideal length of time to get your point across. It has to do with the brain and how it takes in information. Read More »

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