“There’s nought as queer as folk,’ is an old phrase from where I hail in the North of England. In the workplace, the glory and terror of this comes to full fruition. Probes like this research by business psychologist Dr Linda Shaw into the different types of personalities are worth a scan, since managing all types of people goes to the nub of emotional intelligence. EQ is the hallmark of tomorrow’s leaders.
My approach has been to stay in the super positive, inspire people to better their best, and cut negativity and cynicism off at the knees (venomous snakes need to be relocated, fast).
For aspiring leaders, here is a positive inflection on each personality in this mighty list of 10:
1. THE GRAFTER: Leonardo da Vinci talked about the urgency of doing.
2. THE CHATTERBOX: President John F. Kennedy on Winston Churchill: “He mobilized the English language and sent it into battle.”
3. THE WORKAHOLIC: “Nothing succeeds like excess.” Thank you, Oscar Wilde.
4. THE COMEDIAN: “I always realized I wanted to be somebody, but now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin
5. THE BIG TALKER: Sales is about relationships, conversations, persistence. Over-promise and over-deliver! “Meet, Beat, Repeat” – Roberto Goizueta
6. THE DELEGATOR: Delegation is a central life skill. RASCI, a superb project management tool, runs on it.
7. THE JUGGLER: Leadership is a synonym for multi-tasking. Think Elon Musk. Electric cars. Self-landing rockets. Tunnels. Mars. And that’s just what we know about.
8. THE WALLFLOWER: “The single most significant strategic strength that an organization can have is not a good strategic plan, but a commitment to strategic listening on the part of every member of the organization: strategic listening to frontline employees, strategic listening to vendors, to customers.” Tom Peters
9. THE MICROMANAGER: The last detail matters as much as the big transformational idea, leading you to the next big question. The leadership part comes in knowing when to delegate, when to dive.
10. THE CHARMER: “Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” Colin Powell