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Counter Intuitive Leadership

09/09/2019 10:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

By Darlene Myers

We had a great meeting on August 27th!  After the regular business of the meeting was handled Michael Rhodabarger presented “Counter Intuitive Leadership.”  Michael’s engaging style started off by noting the three problems every business has…profit, people and process.

Michael stated that most companies only focus on profit and process and neglect their people.  He suggested the percentage of time spent on people should be 90% and 10% of time on processes.  He showed a picture of a house without a firm foundation and it was obviously not stable or sturdy.  Then he showed a picture of the house with a great foundation.  The house with a great foundation just looks like a great house. You don’t see the foundation – but the fact that the house is upright and altogether, and looks good, etc…indicates that there must be a solid foundation.  A solid foundation in business is created by great leadership.

There are two kinds of leaders Personality Leaders and Counterintuitive Leaders. 

Personality Leaders:

Personality leaders are split into introvert personalities and extrovert personalities.  And those are broken down into 5 components: Transactional, Bureaucratic, Laissez Faire / Melancholy, Autocratic and Charismatic.  These types are natural to human nature.

Counter-Intuitive Leaders

Counter-Intuitive Leaders split their leadership styles between Transformational Leadership and Servant Leadership and that produces success!  This process is “Un-Natural” to human nature but critical to effective leadership.

Michael then used the analogy of a construction project to illustrate the importance of starting with a good foundation in our leadership endeavors (which incidentally means improving our own leadership skills). 

Finally he noted that we should never under-estimate the power of competition.

Michael provides something called a SKAN Skills Analysis.  His website is www. execuspect.com and his email is info@execuspect.com.


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