Which kind of leader are you?
In his book, Leadership Gold, John Maxwell says, “Most leaders naturally fall into either the climber or the connector camp. They are either highly positional or highly relational.”
Over the next few blog posts we’ll examine the characteristics of each- mind you neither is better than the other. You actually need characteristics of BOTH. By discovering which one you are more naturally in line with, you can easily start building in some characteristics of the other.
We’ll start with: climbers think vertically–connectors think horizontally.
Climbers are always aware of who is ahead of them and focus on going up the ladder. They are shooting for the top rung. They love reports and rankings. They are focused on moving up. The idea of moving down is horrible.
Connectors focus on moving where the people are. They want others working alongside of them. They want a team to take the journey with them.
Application For today, simply make note of the group with which you more easily identify. That’s all. Then during the week, be aware of opportunities you have to exhibit climber and connector attributes. Which ones come more easily to you? Simple observe and make note.
Remember neither is better than the other. We need some of both!