What Leadership Style Do You Practice?

Today on the Linked 2 Leadership blog, Delana Mckinsley wrote about the generational styles of leaders in today’s world. We all know that we each have our own style of leadership but do you fit into one of the generations or do you break the mold?

Traditionalists – Control and Command – RIGID – Do what I say; not what I do. Micromanage.

Boomers – Participative – POLITICAL – Do what we’ve all agreed upon. Flavor-of-the-month – latest management trend.

GEN Xers – Collaborative – STRAIGHT-FORWARD – Do what we need to do to get results. Performance-based management.

GEN Yers – Hypercollaborative – PERSONAL – Do what each of us is best at and wants to do. Just-in-time management.

I fall into the GEN Xers category for the majority of my work but I am constantly working with people that fall across all the other generations. It is important to be aware and mindful of the style of those you are collaborating with in order to understand where they are coming from. Want to find out what generation style you fall into? Delana has offered this short quiz to assess your style and those around you:

  1. Which one are you?  You will automatically think this is the ‘right way’ to do things so shouldn’t be hard to spot.
  2. Write down names of people who you work with/serve the community with/interact with/family members.
  3. Put your best guess of which generation they belong to.
  4. Compare it to yours.

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One comment on “What Leadership Style Do You Practice?

  1. theretrospectiveentrepreneur
    June 14, 2011 at 4:11 pm #

    My own…..

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