What aspects of being a leader can you afford to ignore? The Leader Facets Model is developed with the purpose of presenting a whole view of the person found in a leadership position. [We are all leaders in the present situation we find ourselves, whether we realize it or not… but that is another discussion.]
An approach used to discuss leadership is to drill down on one aspect and develop a deep understanding of it. Too often we attempt to put into practice the particular aspect of leadership we just learned, while “forgetting” everything we already know about leading people. An example of this is trying to be the “servant leader” without developing necessary skills to be an effective leader, such as negotiating.
These facets of a leader cover the areas of virtues, skills, styles, approaches, roles, and results. The specific elements of each facet are thought to be foundational, meaning other elements can be grouped into or built upon one of these elements presented here.
Virtues of a Leader
Virtues, or for our purposes character traits, that are found [or should be found] in a leader.
- Integrity – what is seen on the outside is what is on the inside
- Humility – a full appreciation and respect of others
- Justice – passionately upholding truth and fairness
Skills of a Leader
Skills being used in essential activities of a leader’s daily journey.
- Communicating – both listening to and sharing with others
- Negotiating – developing mutually beneficial agreements
- Decision-making – planning, gathering understanding, solving problems, and taking action
Styles of Leadership
Styles are those primary evidences of how one is gifted as a leader.
- Visionary – generating excitement and painting the picture of where the team is heading
- Builder – creating, developing, and moving the team toward the goal
- Maintainer – caring and nurturing the systems with an eye on sustainability
Approaches to Leading
Approaches found in the interactive trenches of leading and following.
- Consensus-building – bringing everyone together for a common decision
- Controlling – forging ahead with apparent disregard for everything except the objective
- Collaborative – collecting input from the team with ability to make final decision
Roles in Leading
Roles adopted by a leader are dependent upon the need of the ones being led.
- Commander – at the head of the pack, charging ahead, ultimate responsibility
- Coach – intentionality in teaching and cheering on those along the path
- Mentor – modeling the way and sharing the wisdom of experience and applied knowledge
Results of Leading
Results of a leader are evidences of effectiveness.
- Accomplishment – achieving the established goals and objectives
- Influence – impacting the lives of those around
- Replication – developing the next generation of leaders
We will continue to test and refine this model of a leader.
What are your thoughts and insights into leading? How can you keep from ignoring some aspects of leading? How do you develop yourself as a well-rounded leader?