First Know Yourself, Then Your Team by Manfred Kets de Vries at Forbes on 19 August 2014.

An article that highlights the importance of knowing yourself before you lead others.  As the author set the stage for the article, I thought I knew where he was going.  It sounded like it was going to discuss the impostor syndrome (where you feel like an impostor and subconsciously sabotage or discount any success that you may have – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Impostor_syndrome).  Instead, the article stays true to the title and provides eight leadership “archetypes”:

  • The strategist: leadership as a game of chess
  • The change-catalyst: leadership as a turnaround activity
  • The transactor: leadership as deal making
  • The builder: leadership as an entrepreneurial activity
  • The innovator: leadership as creative idea generation
  • The processor: leadership as an exercise in efficiency
  • The coach: leadership as a form of people development
  • The communicator: leadership as stage management

There’s some interesting stuff to think about in here, but the article cuts off as it gets going.  It will be interesting to see if the author takes this piece to the next level and provide actionable guidance for leaders in the eight archetypes above.  Another discussion area would be whether there are ideal pairings to strive for in small teams (such as business start-ups), pairings that would tend to clash, etc.  I’m looking forward to seeing where the author will go next.

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