What type of leader do you hope to become ?

What type of leader do you hope to become ?

It appears to sound like an easy enough question; however, most individuals acknowledge the question by voicing out what they believe others wish to hear or what they believe will sound good. 

Many individuals assume the term “leader” solely relates to people who are in the workplace management or leading a group of individuals. However, if truth be told, we are all unique leaders in some manner, not only when we have a title that proclaims our level of accountability or supervision. 

Whenever we encounter a situation where we are entitled to decide what to think, say or do that influences others, we are leaders. In this regard, we are leaders in every single thing we do. We are leaders in our household, among a group of companions, as members of societies, as well as the workforce. Leadership is entirely based on how we inspire and treat others, as well as how we contribute to those things we relish, and encourage ourselves to be the best version. 

There are many assumptions and beliefs as to what creates a good or bad leader. Regardless of the countless amazing things about being a leader, the one significant feature that never ceases to captivate us is the honesty that people bring to the table, about who they really are and what will make them the most successful, both professionally and personally. This involves understanding who others truly are and positioning yourself with individuals who share your morals. This entails comprehensibility about how you think, exchange ideas, resolve issues, and create opportunities.

Who is a reactive leader?

Reactive leadership means you have the capability to pluck up courage and manage stress that comes your way in real time. The desire of a reactive leader is to take on responsibility, fearlessly, and resolve problems on their own. 

Other attributes compromise prompt thought processes which are rational and organized to turn tasks around, which is also known as “firefighting”. A reactive style can be quite exhausting to live with, since it means having to deal with a constant string of issues. On the brighter side, a reactive leader and workforce is precisely what you need to make certain the business can pull through the short-term problems and look forward to its upcoming opportunities (Duggan, 2020).

Who is a strategic leader?

Alternatively, a leader can be strategic as well. Strategic leaders can be classified into two kinds of styles that help in building prosperous and buoyant teams: relators and achievers.

The focal point for relators is growth and viability for their discrete team members. They gravitate towards building a charisma, which mainly focuses on progress and coaching, and devoted to having strong associations. Relators are extremely keen on using themselves as examples, revealing to their team how to face risky situations, in order to enhance their skill sets and accomplish determined goals.

Similarly, achievers also strive forth growth and viability for the improvement of their organization. While they concentrate on individual growth for team associates, this is commonly to strengthen and support the bigger picture accomplishment and goal they want. Moreover, for achievers forward thinking and self-assurance are requirements to figure out what needs to be attained and then how to attain it (Lofgren, 2017). 

However, when it comes down to it, your leadership style will be your decision. You may have developed specific behavioral traits that indicate you might be a virtuous leader—perhaps someone once complimented you saying that “you are a natural born leader”. Although being “born a natural leader” is just where authentic leadership development begins. Your organization can nominate you as a supervisor; however, they can’t turn you into a leader. Only you can advance yourself to be a leader, and you can start doing it right now. It’s not an on-the-spot thing, and the outcome is not instant. It takes time for alterations in your actions to have a beneficial effect on those surrounding you and to be perceived by your peers and organization. But they will notice, the alterations will take effect, and it will all be worth it.

By Nathasha Hindurangala


Lofgren, J. (2017). Council Post: What Type Of Leader Do You Want To Be?. Retrieved 29 June 2020, from https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbescoachescouncil/2017/06/15/what-type-of-leader-do-you-want-to-be/#5316227020d3

Duggan, T. (2020). What Is Reactive Leadership?. Retrieved 29 June 2020, from https://work.chron.com/reactive-leadership-30874.html#:~:text=Reactive%20leadership%20occurs%20when%20you,exploit%20a%20chance%20to%20succeed.

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