Leadership is intuitive and responsive based on your internal action response process. Leaders who are successful have learned how to better direct and guide their leadership logic based on one of seven transformative frameworks: Opportunist, Diplomatic, Expert, Achiever, Individualist, Strategist or Alchemist. Each of these frameworks references action logic that stems from a leader's interpretation of his or her surroundings and how they respond when their leadership is challenged.
Using leadership logic implies that leaders respond to their environment based on the way they make sense of what is going on around them in the world, in their organization, and with their people.
To better understand your own leadership logic, take a look at the seven frameworks and see which one best represents you.
Driven by Opportunity
The opportunist is a leader whose natural tendency is to focus on personal rewards and assume opportunities meant to be exploited. His or her take to the outside world is greatly influenced by an internal perception of control. How he or she responds to an event depends solely on the ability to direct the outcome of it. An opportunist regards behavior as a competition, dismisses feedback, and finds blame an external event. One example of someone utilizing this leadership logic is a boss driven to "win" against others.
Diplomatic in Nature
The diplomat is driven to please higher-level leadership while minimizing conflict. He or she focuses on controlling personal behavior rather than trying to control others. According to a diplomat's logic, a leader is more influential and gains greater acceptance by being cooperative and supportive of the group norms, rather than speaking up against them. This type of individual is the most successful in a team environment, providing the right attention and support needed to hold a team together. An ideal role for the diplomat is that of vice president.
Most leaders fall under action logic that stems from expertise. The expert provides leadership through his or her knowledge, by perfecting it, and sharing it. An expert practices concise thinking and use data and logical reasoning to build consensus and gain buy-in. Leaders common to this framework of logic include corporate controllers, accountants, analysts, engineers and consultants. These leaders are great contributors because of their depth of knowledge and continuous pursuit for improvement and efficiency.
The achiever creates a positive work environment, challenges and supports new talent, and emphasize deliverables. The achiever is open to feedback and recognizes the differences in interpretation and understanding. He or she values relationships and is sensible to resolving conflict based on them. The achiever enjoys leading a team, implementing new strategies, and building balance. Leaders of this logic often have low turnover, delegate greater responsibility, and see higher growth in annual revenues.
The leadership logic of an Individualist is holistic and stems from a natural space of construction. This type of leader contributes unique and creative value to the organization, practices that may otherwise seem unjustified or impractical. The individualist is aware of differences in logic and builds on those differences as an opportunity for creativity and further development.
Very few leaders are strategists. The strategist is adept to developing shared vision for personal and organizational transformation, and find it an iterative process that requires leadership awareness and attention. He or she will deal with conflict more comfortably than those emphasizing a different framework of logic. This type of leader is most interested in personal relationships, organizational relations, and corporate development to create ethical practices and principles beyond the self and organization.
The alchemist is the leader that has the capacity to reinvent themselves and the organization in historic ways. This type of leader deals with multiple agendas at various levels simultaneously. He or she can communicate and collaborate with other leaders and individual contributors alike. Immediate priorities are key, yet keeping sight of short- and long-term goals is a valued priority. A president or social justice leader is often seen as a leader practicing logic that is transformative in this nature.