Types of Leaders

There are two types of leaders. Leaders who deliver and leaders who destroy. I see leadership material like this on LinkedIn a lot. It’s great and I agree with the content BUT If Leaders who deliver are what is required, why are Leaders who destroy so popular at the moment? Is material like this helping us deal with cognitivedissonance?

From Wikipedia: In A Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (1957), Leon Festinger proposed that human beings strive for internal psychological consistency in order to mentally function in the real world. A person who experiences internal inconsistency tends to become psychologically uncomfortable and is motivated to reduce the cognitive dissonance. This is done by changing parts of the cognition to justify the stressful behavior, by adding new parts to the cognition that causes the psychological dissonance, or by actively avoiding social situations and contradictory information that are likely to increase the magnitude of the cognitive dissonance.

Let’s look at key difference between leaders who deliver and leaders who destroy.

Leaders Who Deliver

  • They share the maximum information they can.
  • They use their power mindfully and vigilantly.
  • They create conditions for motivation to flourish.
  • They are obsessed with performance and results.
  • They stamp on poor behaviour whatever the results.
  • They review owns and losses with equal passion and discipline.
  • They adjust goals in any direction to ensure they are motivating.
  • They talk endlessly about responsibility.
  • They are mindful when using their power.
  • They understand the politics.

Leaders Who Destroy

  • They share the minimum information they can get away with.
  • They use their power thoughtlessly.
  • They use pressure, fear and hierarchy to motivate.
  • They are myopically focused one results.
  • They tolerate poor behaviour if the results is OK.
  • They move on from wins and interrogate failures.
  • Once set, they’ll only move goals to make them harder.
  • They talk endlessly about accountability.
  • They are frightened of losing their power.
  • They are political.

So which type of leader are you? Do you recognise these characterises in people or leaders around you?

Reference : https://simonchan.co/leaders-destroy-vs-leaders-deliver/

19 Comments Add yours

  1. Nikki says:

    I most certainly recognize this in leaders of current times and some in religious sectors. This articles is very thought provoking and can open eyes…if they want to be open.

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    1. Nikki says:

      I RE BLOGGED IT!

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      1. GS says:

        Thank you Nikki. I am glad you liked the article.

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    2. GS says:

      Religious leaders and faith communities are the largest and best-organized civil institutions in the world, claiming the allegiance of billions of believers and bridging the divides of race, class and nationality. More than any other civil society representatives, religious leaders have the experience of establishing and working with international partnerships. Their expertise can greatly benefit the global breastfeeding effort.

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  2. Your discussion brings out the vast contrast between effective leaders who will weather life’s storms, and those who will sink with the ship.

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    1. GS says:

      Yes, In times of great challenge, I have found it important to have a solid footing on how I approach my own actions and decisions as a leader. Empathy and compassion have proven, time and again, to be vital anchors for me during any crisis, often leading to answers and responses that aren’t immediately obvious.

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  3. I don’t really know. I still feel as if I am more of a follower than a leader.

    When I first became a leader in a social group I was a part of of, I almost didn’t make that decision. However making that choice made me love the group even more. As far as Campus Civitan (service club) goes, in the middle of the year, new officers had to be elected: I did not want the president way, but once other people in the club were aware I was the one who knew the most about Civitan: that was when I made the decision to be president.

    My very last year of undergrad: I was still president of Civitan. Well, guess what- the other officers believed there was no way the club would continue. The only members were pretty much just the officers. Due to no one really joining- all the officers, but me, thought it would be the end of the club. Well, the club still exists at my university: just name change and different service projects

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    1. GS says:

      The best followers make the best leaders. Being a good follower teaches one how to value someone else’s opinion, consider the inputs of others, and develop emotional intelligence. Someone who isn’t an effective follower probably won’t care about the needs of others or even ask for their thoughts.

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      1. God gave me a strong spirit and a calling to give back to those in need.

        I am a weekly volunteer at Loaves and Fishes (a food pantry). While the system has completely changed due to COVID, at least this is still happening.

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      2. GS says:

        That is very inspiring. Thank you for sharing.

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      3. It was my family church that founded Loaves and Fishes- all began in garden then to a closest into more of a grocery store.

        Usually the packers (which I am), takes a client around in different sections: frozen, meat, vegetables, fruit, grains, and extras. What they get in each section depends on how big the family is: it is based off a point system.

        Now- everyone is outside prepacking boxes and then put into the clients’ cars. I prefer the old system more- but if that is what we have to do, we still are helping those in need.

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      4. GS says:

        Interesting. Its so heartening to see that serving the community is an essential part in your family.

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      5. I grew up volunteering- through Room in the Inn, and other service events through my church. In the Episcopal Church, the states are split in Dioceses (I went to Outreach).

        At Holy Comforter, Love grows. Not just through the volunteering, but also through the strong fellowship. That fellowship develops thorough things like The Bristol Pilgrimage, Kanuga (an Episcopalian Conference Center), etc….It all adds up

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      6. GS says:

        Thank you again for sharing your good work! Bless you!

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  4. Even I have been noticing off late that it is very hard to find the leaders who deliver and that the leaders are more or leaders who destroy… even I used to wonder the same even in this pandemic times when the employees expect motivation and support from their management and not torture in terms of result and performance and productivity. The employees also have no choice but succumb to the pressure they give and cannot revolt them or confront them because of their power and underlying ego involved

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    1. GS says:

      I agree Narayana. What constitutes good leadership in a time of crisis? This is a question I ponder on continually these days. When countries are either locking in or shutting out people, subjectively, collectively, selectively. Irrespective of their politics, their culture, their histories, they are responding in unsurprisingly similar ways. Ours first, then the rest! Companies are following similar tracks, in a global connected world, where locations don’t matter but geographies seem to, where protocols for business continuity are similar but practicalities are localized, and people everywhere matter. And when people matter leadership has to matter too!

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      1. True Garima.. I agree, but the repercussion on this aspect is that the team would be completely demoralised and disinterested and demotivated when there is no support within the system only.. what do you think on this aspect, what should the team do in this situation

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      2. GS says:

        Yes I am living it in a way so I understand where you are coming from 🙂
        Thank you for sharing.

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