How to Become A Multi-dimensional Leader

Do You Know How to Become A Multi-dimensional Leader?

The following chart illustrates the 8 Dimensions of Leadership, a highly researched, best-practices approach to leadership development that illustrates a broad perspective on the range of behaviors that is required to be a highly effective leader:

A Closer Look at the 8 Dimensions or Approaches to Leadership

The Pioneering Approach

Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner describe pioneering leaders. In The Leadership Challenge, they write, “Leaders are pioneers—people who are willing to step out into the unknown. They search for opportunities to innovate, grow, and improve.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:

– Finding Opportunities,
– Stretching the Boundaries, and
– Promoting Bold Action.

The Energizing Approach

Leaders who exemplify the Energizing Approach build enthusiasm for the group‘s goals and develop a wide network of social connections. In the HBR article ―What Leaders Really Do, John Kotter writes, “Motivation and inspiration energize people, not by pushing them in the right direction as control mechanisms do but by satisfying basic human needs for achievement, a sense of belonging, recognition, self-esteem, a feeling of control over one‘s life, and the ability to live up to one‘s ideals.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:

– Showing Enthusiasm,
– Building Professional Networks, and
– Rallying People to Achieve Goals

The Affirming Approach

Leaders who use the Affirming Approach are approachable and help people feel good about their environment and their contributions. This approach is similar to what Jim Kouzes and Barry Posner refer to as ―encouraging the heart‖ in The Leadership Challenge. They write, “When people are worried, discouraged, frightened, and uncertain about the future, the last thing needed is a leader who feeds those negative emotions.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:

– Being Approachable,
– Acknowledging Contributions, and
– Creating a Positive Environment.

The Inclusive Approach

Leaders who typify the Inclusive Approach get a variety of people involved in the decision-making process and show concern for their opinions and feelings. In The Psychology of Leadership, David Messick explains that humans are an extremely social species. He writes, “Allowing people to be a member of a group is to permit them to share vicarious pleasures of others‘ successes.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:
– Staying Open to Input,
– Showing Diplomacy, and
– Facilitating Dialogue.

The Humble Approach

Leaders who model the Humble Approach maintain a modest, composed demeanor and can be relied upon to make decisions fairly. In Good to GreatJim Collins writes, “Level 5 leaders are a study in duality: modest and willful, humble and fearless. Collins found that those who worked with or wrote about the good-to-great leaders continually used words like quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild-mannered, self-effacing.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:
– Maintaining Composure,
– Showing Modesty, and
– Being Fair-Minded.

The Deliberate Approach

Leaders who demonstrate the Deliberate Approach provide a sense of stability for the group by communicating clearly and ensuring that decisions are made carefully. In Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Peter Drucker writes, “Only when people with proven performance capacity have been assigned to a project, supplied with the tools, the money, and the information they need to do the work, and given clear and unambiguous deadlines—only then do we have a plan.”

The three practices that comprise this approach are:
– Communicating with Clarity,
– Promoting Disciplined Analysis, and
– Providing a Sense of Stability.

The Resolute Approach

Leaders who model the Resolute Approach create high standards for the group and insist on using methods that maximize efficiency. In Good to Great, Jim Collins writes, ―It is very important to grasp that Level 5 leadership is not just about humility and modesty. It is equally about ferocious resolve, an almost stoic determination to do whatever needs to be done to make the company great.

The three practices that comprise this approach are:
– Setting High Expectations,
– Speaking Up About Problems, and
– Improving Methods

The Commanding Approach 

Commanding leaders take charge of situations with confidence and urge others to get results. In the Successful Executive’s Handbook, Susan Gebelein et al write, ―The primary purpose of a driving, demanding leadership style is to set the expectation that individuals and teams should achieve critical organizational goals in an efficient, effective, and timely manner.

The three practices that comprise this approach are:
– Showing Confidence,
– Taking Charge, and
– Focusing on Results.

The Work of Leaders Skills

Use the Work of Leaders Profile to fully develop your leadership skills

In addition to measuring your preferred Leadership Approach, the Work of Leaders Profile measures your level of development in 18 dimensions in the following three skill categories;

1. Crafting a Vision,

2. Building Alignment

3. Championing Execution.

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