How To Lead with Excellence – What Kind of Leader Are You?

IMG_0814I love this question. What does it take to lead with excellence? Do you see yourself as an Orchestra Conductor, a Physician, or an Officer?

Two things I believe are important in answering this question.

  1.  We must consider our unique and main strengths as a leader.
  2.  We must take an honest inventory and be self-aware, as we look at  our leadership talents, expertise and experience.

What do you consider to be your main strengths as a leader?

Begin today by making a list of your key leadership strengths and look for experiences in your career that prove your strengths. In what ways can you expand upon these for the future?

While there are many strengths, qualities, traits and talents that leaders own, let’s take a look for fun at the following three. Most people will identify with one of these three leadership types below. Take a look and see which one you think, sense, or feel, speaks to your heart the most? Which rings true for you?

Here are the 3 primary leadership Strengths

1. Orchestra Conductor:

He/She likes to make the magic AND make the music happen! An artistic leader. A big picture thinker, a visionary who sees the end in mind valuing each member of the orchestra and raising the musical talent and output of each individual to bring together a masterpiece. A masterpiece in which many contribute. A connector, guide, and conductor. The end result is a rocking performance a vibrant sounding of excellence to the ears. One where ALL contributors are working together in harmony to produce an awe inspiring musical work of art.

2. The Physician:

Highly skilled at assessing the situation and/or challenge. They are passionate about making a difference; their purpose, to help people. Highly skilled at going deep, to work “ON” the problem, rather than swimming “IN” it. Often this type of leader is highly consultative and is often hired for their expertise as a leadership consultant by organizations. They offer a grander perspective based on their experience and specific area of study, and they skillfully observe, listen, think and ASK questions helping their patients and clients by diagnosing, prescribing and offering treatment solutions; helping organizations find solutions to their most pressing problems. The Physician type leader is excellent at seeing the problem from a great distance, a meta-view or bird’s eye view.

3. Officer:

Attention! He/She is admired and has honorably earned their station and are here to serve. Likely they have been promoted through the ranks and are well regarded by their peers. The officer is responsible for making sure the troops are following orders, paying attention and delivering excellent work on time; giving orders, correction, praise and inspecting productivity along the way. Providing certainty for their troops. A model to look up to.

Now that we’ve looked at these three types of leaders and their strengths; of these, which do you think, sense or feel that most speak to you and your leadership style?

What do you consider your leadership strengths to be and are you playing to them in your current leadership role?

What kind of leader are you?

What do you notice about the leaders around you?

Do you see yourself as a Orchestra Conductor, a Physician or as an Officer?

Let us know, share your comments below.

Janet I Mueller is the founder of J Mueller Group. She passionately serves and helps her clients and audiences to unlock and achieve their full potential, raise their self-esteem through personal growth and leadership development. Helping leaders to become excellent leaders through practice and philosophy of servant leadership. Janet is a mom, educator, executive coach, speaker and published author. Coming soon, her new book “The Blossoming – A Leader’s Guide 10 Keys To Unlocking Your Blooming Potential”. Author of “A Champion’s Guide To Thriving Beyond Breast Cancer”Janet is an advocate for women and girls and member of RAINN the largest national anti sexual assault organization. She is hired to speak on personal growth, leadership development and self-esteem.

To learn more, schedule your 30 minute FREE coaching and or consultation, and hire Janet as a leadership consultant, coach and or speaker for your next event do connect with Janet here: http://janetimueller.com/coaching-2/

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