The 8 Dimensions of Leadership: What kind of leader are you?
Being a leader is something that comes natural to me, but I realize this is not the case for all individuals. During my first semester in my Master’s program at Stony Brook University took a fundamental leadership class where each student was asked to take a questionnaire that defined what type of leader they were. My results were: an Energizing Leader.
I was not surprised with these results. I am extremely upbeat, highly motivated and eager to take chances on new and innovative ideas. What I learned about myself from further research, is that these types of leaders can distribute themselves thin if they get too involved (very true), they can be unpredictable at times (also true) and they see little need for consistency (not true). Becoming aware of these weaknesses as a leader has helped me learn how to fine tune these areas so that I can become better rounded and more versatile.
I also have learned that Energizing Leaders tend to be spontaneous, outgoing, and encouraging and because these leaders thrive on variety, they often generate more ideas than they are able to implement. I am constantly coming up with countless ideas for multiple organizations that I volunteer for, but unfortunately I am just one person, and can only implement so much by myself. I have seen over the past year that the quality of leadership and skills possessed are much more important than quantity. If you are involved with numerous organizations, but never make a meeting or show up to volunteer, then you are not representing yourself to the best of your ability. It is much better to choose a few organizations (or as many as you know you can handle) to get involved with and share your ideas.
I am proud to be an Energizing Leader and would be interested to hear with types of leaders my readers are. What kind of leader are you?
Sooner than later,
The Tiny Professional