I spoke to Lolly Daskal, author of the national bestselling book The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness, about the seven archetypes of the most successful leaders, what happens when leaders rely too much on their current skills, the Millennial leadership dilemma and her best career advice.
Dan Schawbel: Can you describe what the leadership gap is and why you decided to write a book on this topic?
Lolly Daskal: The Leadership Gap is based on seven leadership styles that have been personified into archetypes, which I created based on the wisdom and works of Victor Frankl, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung. Over the years, as I immersed myself into studies of human behavior and psychology, I found that in order to succeed you must first understand yourself. Likewise, if you can understand what makes someone up, what drives them, even what makes them think, it can help you help them unleash their greatness.
Of Lolly’s many awards and accolades, Lolly was designated a Top-50 Leadership and Management Expert by Inc. magazine. Huffington Post honored Lolly with the title of The Most Inspiring Woman in the World. Her writing has appeared in HBR, Inc.com, Fast Company (Ask The Expert), Huffington Post, and Psychology Today, and others. Her newest book, The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness has become a national bestseller.