The importance of personality and values plays out more powerfully in the C-Suite due to the overriding influence CEOs and Executives have on their organisation. According to Dr Robert Hogan ‘Values are important to understanding leadership as they explain the focus and direction of people’s actions. Leader’s personalities shape the culture of the organisation, team or business unit’. Leader’s value-driven behaviour will in some cases lead to a supportive and productive culture and in other cases a culture can be toxic and destructive’.
In their article “Values-Based Leadership,” Dr Robert Hogan and Dr. Jorge Fernández uncovered four distinct leadership styles based around a person’s values: the strategist, the analyst, the mentor and the innovator.
Using the four leadership styles to profile famous UK based leaders then one might imagine straight-talking Sir Alan Sugar and the ‘First Lady of Football’ Baroness Karren Brady of Knightsbridge (CBE) both of Apprentice fame, as Strategists.
Sir James Dyson or Sir Richard Branson would easily fit into an Innovator style.
As an ex-winner of Management Today’s UK Most Admired Leader Award and a passionate champion of employee and customer power then Andy Street, CBE, slots easily into the Mentor leadership style.
So who could be viewed primarily as an Analyst leader? My choice is Dragon’s Den star and owner of the UK’s largest health club chain, Duncan Bannatyne OBE. Mr Bannatyne’s high standards and attention to detail is legendary amongst those who have worked with him.
All of my leader examples could be viewed differently and it’s too simplistic a view that these leaders can be classified by one leadership characteristic style. These four leadership characteristics should therefore not be viewed as rigid roles in which all executives can be cast; however, the four approaches do offer a framework for understanding how leadership character directly influences workgroup productivity and commitment.
Take a few minutes to consider your own instinctive values based leadership profile and what that means for your team and organisation.
The author of this blog, Dr Paul Turner, is an Associate Consultant with Collingwood Consulting and an accredited Hogan Leadership coach.
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