Do you have a bright, talented executive team?
It is so important to have bright and talented people on your executive leadership team. Capable and accomplished people know how to get stuff done and take responsibility to make things happen without external motivation and direction. However, leadership is a complex concept. There are multiple ways of being an effective leader. And, I would argue that you need representation from all leadership types to effectively run your organization.
The four leadership archetypes are all represented in the story of Camelot.
So, does your leadership team have adequate representation of all leadership types? If you have no sovereign, you may have a lot of activity, but no coordination. People are busy, but they aren’t getting the right things done. If you have too few warriors, you have a great plan, but aren’t executing. If you have no lovers, a great deal is getting done, but people are burning out and your team is turning over. You are losing too much talent. If you have not magicians, you lack soul. You might have a good company but it has shallow roots. Adversity might sweep it away because it fails to see the big picture and its role in contributing to the world. Leading high performance teams is not easy.
In my work with executive teams and in leadership coaching, I often use a personality assessment to type each person on the leadership team. Leaders with narcissistic personalities often make wonderful sovereigns. Aggressive, Compulsive and even Passive-Aggressive personalities contribute great warrior energy to the leadership team. Dependent and Histrionic personalities tend to be great lovers. They are sensitive to people’s needs and create great relationships. Depressive and Schizoid personalities are natural magicians. They keep to themselves a bit and so often have a bigger perspective on what is going on.
Executive leadership teams should welcome all of these voices to the project of leading. It is in the contribution of each voice that balance and perspective is found, and leadership effectiveness improves.