Some people are task oriented, while others are people oriented. Some people are more outgoing and some people are more reserved.
Your personality has a huge impact on how you lead.
There are four types of personality styles, DOMINANT, INSPIRING, SUPPORTIVE, and CAUTIOUS. Every personality style has BOTH strengths and blind spots. Being more aware of your personality style will make you a more effective leader.
Let’s look at these four personality styles a little closer:
People who are both task oriented and outgoing tend to lead from the front. Their attitude is “I’m going, follow me!” They tend to lead DIRECTIVELY. They have a DOMINANT personality style.
People who are both people oriented and outgoing, tend to lead INSPIRATIONALLY. They tend to lead from the middle of the pack. They lead by inspiring others to join them in the adventure! They have an INSPIRING personality style.
People who are both people oriented and more reserved tend to lead SUPPORTIVELY. They lead from behind by encouraging their followers or team to accomplish their goals by encouragement and supportive words. They have a SUPPORTIVE personality style.
People who are both task oriented and more reserved tend to lead CAREFULLY. They lead from the side making sure that everyone is moving along together, on the same page and following the same procedures. They have a CAUTIOUS personality style
So no matter what your personality style is, it is important to remember that everyone can learn and grow to become a more dynamic and effective leader.