Everyone has the potential to be a leader. We all have our unique approaches to how we lead. These approaches may be referred to as our preferred leadership styles. There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ leadership styles; just the ones that come naturally to us.
For many leaders who hope to achieve greatness, an important question is – to be authentic or to be agile. To trainers and coaches, this could be a piece of jargon, but for many leaders these are mutually exclusive aspects of leadership.
In the 90s, leadership development philosophies assumed that leaders fail when they are not able to manage their weaknesses; areas of low competence. However, Lombardo and Eichinger, through their study of derailed executives, found that leaders whose careers were derailed or were met with unrecoverable failures were those who couldn’t manage their strengths. While, it may sound odd, on reflection, it makes practical sense.