In this episode of the CQ for Global Leaders Podcast, Tom discusses the three different leadership styles and asks: “Where are you leading from?”
Where are you leading from?
- There’s a difference between leading from the front, leading from the middle, and leading from the back.
- Leadership is the ability to influence and motivate someone to contribute to the success of an organisation.
- Leading from the front is the traditional model of leadership where a leader is in front of his followers.
- To lead from the middle is all about being more democratic and consensus-driven. Leaders who lead from the middle engage in conversations, ask for input, and present themselves as part of the team.
- Leadership from the back is where a leader looks at possible things they can help put in place so that his team can flourish.
- The ability to shift from one leadership style to another when working across cultures is important.
- A good leader knows their natural leadership style that they would default to under pressure, but demonstrates awareness of the environment and culture they are currently in as to what leadership style is most appropriate.
Today’s Take-away Action
- What is your leadership preference? Where does your natural style fit in among the different leadership models?
- How do you learn to broaden your repertoire and try something different? How did that feel and what did you learn from it?