What type of leadership do you mostly exhibit?
The leader should paint the vision, hire the right people, and then release them to do their job. I try to get out of the way of people who are doing good work.
How do the traits that you have differ from those that “follow” you?
1. I am a very big picture guy. I hate micro-management and I hate details. I try to compliment my skills partly with people who can balance my big picture, strategic thinking with detail implementation skills.
2. I’m 46 years old. I realize the best new ideas for the future will likely come from the next generation. (ie. Facebook, Google, Twitter). I try to surround myself with younger people. I also like people who will continue to challenge me.
How do you use power and influence? If at all?
I try not to use power. If I’m using it, it’s usually not a pretty day in the office. I try to use my influence to help people make wise decisions in their areas, balancing risk-taking, with practicality, affordability, and reason.
How is innovation applied to your leadership style?
You should read my category on innovation on my blog, but basically I love change and new ideas, so I’m consistently looking for ways to stir things up around me. I also like continual improvement and critical thinking, so I’m always thinking, “How could this be made/done better?”
Do you employ strategic leadership? How?
I hope so. That’s one of my strengths according to StrengthsFinders. My desire is to think how each decision will impact other people and the organization as a whole. I consider myself extremely purposeful, and I try to practice purposeful leadership, mostly because as I look at the life of Jesus, I see Him continually seeming to be strategic in how He led the disciples and continues to lead people today.
I thought these were great questions. Now, here are three questions for you:
- Could you work for a guy like me?
- What would drive you crazy about my style?
- How would you answer these questions?