Change everything, or change something?

Are you the kind of leader who throws the broken kettle out, or the kind who likes to fix it?  There is no right, or wrong answer here; other than an opportunity to learn through answering this question and assessing, in brief, your leadership style.

Are you are the person who throws the kettle out? Then you may be the kind of leader who doesn’t think twice when throwing out an idea or campaign that doesn’t work in the agreed timescale, or seems too good. The kind of leader who is quite happy to remove something as soon as it’s lost its sparkle. This style of leadership doesn’t waste time. (This makes me think of Bill Gates)

Are you the kind of person who likes to fix the broken kettle? Then you clearly have skill and patience to see things through. You have a great eye for detail, and willing to give great ideas room to grow. You have a style that nurtures, and contributes to what is broken. Giving your time, finances, and ideas to provide a solution that turn something once average, into something great. (This makes me thing of Howard Schwartz)

The truth is every team, leadership board, and business needs both styles on their board to strike balance. There will be times in business when it’s appropriate to throw out that campaign idea, or product that isn’t performing, and move swifly on.

Just as vital, there will also be times when the love, care and attention leadership style is required. It’s common for a great idea/product to fail before it becomes the latest must-have/trend.

Building a great team is essential when building something remarkable. So whether you’re a change everything kind of leader, or a change something kind of leader – There is no “I” in Team, but a place for everyone.

Published by Leanne

Social media manager for Oxford University Press. Entrepreneur and writer. Here to inspire.

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