Understanding the 7 Leader Archetypes of Leadership

Andrew was a top executive working for one of the world’s largest multinational companies. A specialist in organizational design, he was renowned throughout the industry for successfully revamping his company’s culture. When the CEO of a major competitor approached him with a promotion offer and the opportunity to play on a bigger stage, he jumped at the chance. His mission was to develop and launch a complex and important organizational redesign that the company’s CEO hoped would vault the company far ahead of its competitors.

At his last job, Andrew had thrived on top-down leadership. He was used to leading without involving his employees, and—at least for a while—that had worked out fine. But his new company was less bureaucratic. Its leaders were more open and transparent, and employees were used to being involved in decision-making.

As the stress and responsibility of his new position mounted, Andrew doubled down on what had worked for him in the past. He defaulted to commanding his people instead of engaging them.

But Andrew’s command-and-control tactics were beginning to create discord. Complaints started trickling up to the CEO, and she brought me in to help ensure that Andrew’s leadership style didn’t interfere with the project’s success.

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Lolly Daskal is one of the most sought-after executive leadership coaches in the world. Her extensive cross-cultural expertise spans 14 countries, six languages and hundreds of companies. As founder and CEO of Lead From Within, her proprietary leadership program is engineered to be a catalyst for leaders who want to enhance performance and make a meaningful difference in their companies, their lives, and the world.

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 is being released by Portfolio May 2017.

2 Responses to “Understanding the 7 Leader Archetypes of Leadership”

  1. Robin Day

    18. Feb, 2018

    I am a Chief in the Navy and a student of leadership. I discovered you from the Dose of Leadership podcast and that interview set off a chain reaction. You have inspired me to find my gaps so I purchased your book, The Leadership Gap. I could barely get past the first chapter because there was so much to take in and apply. In the military, I am called to teach a lot of leadership classes both in formal setting and informally. I tell everyone I can about you and your work. I encourage others to buy your book and discover their gaps. Thank you for your excellent contribution to the discipline of leadership!

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    • lollydaskal

      20. Feb, 2018

      Robin, I am happy we found each other, As a Chief in the Navy you understand that when it comes to leadership it’s all about inspiring others to find their own greatness. That is my mission. So, lets you and I continue to serve. Lolly

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