7 “Change Leadership Styles” You Need to KnowBy Guest Blogger, Barbara Trautlein, Ph.D.

In my previous blog article on July 24th (click here to read it) I introduced you to seven different “change leadership styles” that my extensive research has uncovered.

Each of the following seven styles of leadership indicate a different mix of Head, Heart, and Hands:

  • If you’re a Coach, you’re all about Heart. You love engaging your colleagues whenever you get a chance, and you find great reward in supporting the people around you as you all move through a change process.
  • If you’re a Visionary, you are the one who’s always looking forward to an inspiring future. Thanks to your Head focus, you have a gift for seeing opportunity and planning for new situations, and you tend to get excited about what lies on the other side of a change.
  • If you’re an Executer, you focus primarily on the Hands. You like to get things done, and people know they can rely on you to not just talk but take action. Often your execution is backed up by comprehensive, step-by-step plans.
  • If you’re a Champion, you use a combined strength in Head and Heart to get people pumped about change. Like a Visionary, you see abundant possibilities for the future and, adding the people skills of a Coach to the mix, you’re able to energize and excite your colleagues as you all work to bring about change.
  • If you’re a Driver, you’re strong on both Head and Hands. You see an enticing vision before you, and you use your executional abilities to drive toward that vision, laying out clear strategies and tactics along the way.
  • If you’re a Facilitator, you focus on the specific people and specific activities you need to support on a day-to-day basis to lead the change, thanks to your strong Heart and Hands capabilities. You know the tasks that need to be accomplished to make measurable progress, and you succeed in motivating others to work together on those tasks.
  • If you’re an Adapter, you’re about even on Head, Heart, and Hands. You can employ all three approaches as necessary, and you’re generally flexible, politically savvy, and willing to collaborate with others. This may seem like the ideal style—and it does indeed have great benefits—but in the book, Change Intelligence, Barbara identifies important challenges Adapters face that you need to be aware of.

If you’re uncertain about which style is yours, I have a free self-assessment tool that comes in my new book Change Intelligence.

The assessment will help you narrow down these seven leadership styles to find the ones that fit you best.

Studying the different change leader styles will provide you with targeted developmental strategies, which are immediately accessible, personally applicable, and professionally actionable, to hone your CQ to catalyze powerful change in your career, team, and organization.

Also, to learn even more about these change leadership styles and to ask me questions directly, be sure to join Skip and me on Thursday, August 8th when he interviews me about CQ, I’ll be taking questions live at the end of the interview and you can even submit your questions in advance for us.

To do so, go to: www.CommunicationPowerForLeaders.com ! Looking forward to speaking with you then!

Next week Skip is back from his European vacation and is finished chasing Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band.

At least, for at least a few more months, anyway!

Thanks for reading this week! Hope to talk to you live on the tele-class on August 8th!

All my best,

Barbara Trautlein

’til next time,

skip weisman, transforming leadership and workplace communication to deliver champion level results







P.S. – For a list of all Power Words in the Conscious Communicator Series click here