When patients come to see me about how to be assertive in their lives, we often talk about their leadership skills. I want to know how they come to influence others, what is most important to them? Leaders usually have a particular focus on how they see the world. Understanding that focus often sharpens one’s awareness allows them to tap deeper into the well of leadership and assertiveness. Let’s look at the options:
Rule -driven leadership:
Rule-driven leadership is about ensuring that you and others adhere to the stated or assumed rules of behavior. When you find yourself looking at whether something is right or wrong, legal or illegal, you are utilizing rule-driven leadership. It is about ensuring the playbook is followed. After all, don’t we all have to follow the same rules?
Mission-driven leadership is about goal attainment, usually at any cost. Get it done! Take the hill! Compete! Sometimes we have to take those rules and throw them away so that we can win! Mission-driven leaders are the ones that are so focused on the goal and accomplishing it that they operate from a “it is better to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission” mentality.
Culture-driven leadership is based on how we do things around here. These are the leaders that are focused more on the community of the people and tapping into the sense of togetherness in order to see movement. We may not move as fast as the mission-driven folks, but at least we will ensure that everyone makes it to the finish line! When you hear people talking about that
is always the way we do it or looking to set rituals and traditions, they are culture-driven leaders.
All the leadership types can be successful. One is not better than the other once you learn how to use those skills effectively. Some people can be a hybrid and combine skills based on the situation. Whatever type of leader you are…be the best leader you can be!
If you are looking for personal development and want help creating a stronger personal voice, contact Elliott at 617-834-4235 or through this webpage.