Leadership Styles Assessment Infographic

Article by Ken Thompson, last updated February 2020

How good are you at balancing on the leadership tightrope?

There are no shortage of leadership models and assessments - however we have developed one with a bit of a twist! 

As well as letting you conduct a quick assessment of your overall leadership style (or that of a colleague or a politician!) the infographic also offers some useful insights into your leadership “balance”. 

The idea is that each leadership style characteristic has an “opposite” or counter-balance and both forces should be maintained in healthy tension for well-rounded leadership [see footnote 1]. The 16 styles selected were a difficult choice - they are not intended to be an exhaustive list. For example,  we had to leave out some important "leadership pairs" such as Confidence/Humility and Risk Mgt/Boldness [see footnote 2].

Leadership balance is very important as it can highlight some important blindnesses or biases in your style which could reduce your effectiveness as a leader in certain situations.

For example:

  • Do you do lots of “telling” but perhaps not so much listening?  
  • Are you very focused on outcomes but possibly sometimes at the expense of your principles?
  • Are you very agile but sometimes could be more tenacious?

Simply print out the 1-page infographic on PDF and follow the instructions.

This infographic is also particularly useful during team-based experiential learning activities such as business simulations.

If you would like free access to an online diagnostic tool which allows you to assess against this model please click here.

[Footnote 1: The inspiration for the balancing of different leadership characteristics came from the Enneagram which is worth checking out]

[Footnote 2: Feel free to adapt our 16 styles but beware of trying to create a comprehensive list and thus destroying the usefulness of the model as a practical leadership tool. So if you add 2 in you should take 2 out!]

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Ken is a practitioner, author and speaker on Leadership, Collaborative Working, High Performing Teams, Change Management, Project Management and Business Acumen. His work has featured in major publications including The Guardian , Wired Magazine, The Huffington Post and The Henry Ford Magazine. Ken has also spoken at many international events including TEDx, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Learn Tech (London) and NASA.

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