There is only one type of leadership that is truly effective and it’s different for everyone.

There are leaders who used different styles. I’m sure you can think of several prominent entrepreneurs who earned a reputation as loud, brash or charismatic. At the same time, Susan Cain, David Rock and others have written about the power of quiet leadership. Leaders have been tall and short, small and large and come from all different walks of life.

So with this great variance in styles, techniques, and backgrounds, what makes a truly effective leader? Authenticity. The only effective type of leader you can be is whatever authentic to your personality and experiences.

  • If you naturally loud, be thunderous.
  • If you are naturally reserved, actively listen.
  • If you are charismatic, be charming.
  • If you like to move fast, act early and often.
  • If you make lists, plan carefully.

The worse thing you can do is try to emulate someone else’s leadership styles when it doesn’t come naturally to you. It’s exhausting and your team will see straight through it. They may not notice the effort to emulate someone great but they will see the deceit and lose respect.

The road to recovery from a lost of trust is a long, uphill journey. Your job is hard enough as it is, be the type of leader you were meant to be.


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