Episode 26: Interview with John Jackson about Leadership Styles
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About John Jackson
Dr. John Jackson is the President of William Jessup University (www.jessup.edu). He is married to Pamela and the father of 5 children. Previously John served in Pastoral and Non-Profit Leadership roles. John has written and spoken for audiences across the United States and has made 10 trips to Kenya. John is known for Visionary Leadership, Organizational Development and Strategic Management. To learn more and for FREE resources, visit www.drjohnjackson.com.
3 Big Ideas about Leadership Styles:
- “Leadership is Influence” – Leadership is not just about position, authority, responsibility or title, but it is a positive and pro-active influence in the context of healthy relationships. A person can lead from the top, in the middle or even at the bottom because people have influence in their family, in their neighborhood, in their vocations etc. Relational and influence most probably happens when a person believes in someone when they were a child that he/she can be a tremendous leader. Leadership is most important when it is practiced one-on-one in the context of relationship. Everybody is a leader; everybody has influence ,so the question is ‘How do you use that leadership?’ and ‘How do you best discover what kind of leader you are?’.
- Leadership Styles- There are several kinds of people: extrovert- the outgoing and energized by the crowd; introvert- they are energized by alone and quiet time; structured and unstructured. You need to understand your leadership style but equally as important is understanding the style of the person you are trying to lead. These are the four descriptors that are consistent with personality types:
- Commander- somebody who is always thinking about the future, always aggressive and always creating a tomorrow.
- Coach- life full of parties, very much an encourager and the one who loves the social environment.
- Counselor- individually focused; very much to build up a person, on at a time.
- Conductor- somebody who is very structured, rigid and very focus on outcomes.
If you listened to the way people talk, a commander always focuses on the future, a coach always focuses on the team, a counselor always focuses on an individual and a conductor always focuses on the system; then you can probably understand their primary perspective. We are not purely like this types are but we can tell the primary orientation of people by listening to their vocabulary.
- You can improve leadership effectiveness by understanding your team member’s styles. Do you actually recommend that someone actually facilitate like a group setting where you go to this workbook together with someone has to give it independently? Yes, the book is designed to be used on small projects, teams or work groups. It can be used on hospital settings, non-profit settings and even to any entrepreneurial team. When your effectiveness increased, it is not you being effective but it is you and your relationship with your team members. ‘The speed of the team determines the speed of the leader.’
Quotes by John:
“Leadership is a positive and pro-active influence in the context of healthy relationships.”
“You can have a huge shaping influence one life at a time”
“Everybody is a leader. Everybody has influence.”
“You need to understand your leadership style but equally as important is understanding the style of the person you are trying to lead.”
“None of us are pure of this type but you can tell the primary orientation of people by listening to their vocabulary.”
“Where your effectiveness increased, it is not you being effective but it is you and your relationship with your team members.”
“The speed of the team determines the speed of the leader.”
“The better that I become in understanding myself and understanding others, the more effective we can be as a team.”
“The best things in life are never accomplished alone.”
“Leadership is not a solo experience; it is something you do with the team.”
Quotes by Jeremy:
“It so important to understand where the people are and that way you can help them lead to a bigger and better place for them.”
“It’s not just about reading and consuming information, it is about doing something about the information.”
“The invest of the time you are putting to reading one book into long term results.”
- twitter: @drjohnjackson
Leveraging Your Leadership Style; Maximize Your Influence by Discovering the Leader with them.
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