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Monday, August 3, 2009

Leaders versus Controllers

Leaders versus Controllers

Ron Edmondson wrote an interesting article contrasting the characteristics of LEADERS versus CONTROLLERS. So, which are you, really?

Here's a list of characteristics to help you decide:

Characteristics of leading people:

Encourages creativity
Develops people rather than programs
Builds healthy relationships with followers
Models a healthy way
More focused on needs of followers
People follow by choice
Empowers people

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Characteristics of controlling people:

Stifles personal growth
Discourages creativity
Keeps followers at a distance
Insists on a set way
More focused on needs of the controller
People follow by force
Devours people

3 comments:

Philangelus said...

All he's saying is that good leaders focus on community and process while bad leaders focus on the end results alone.

No one's going to read a list like that and say, "Yeah, I'm a controller." :-) A bad leader is going to say, "I focus on my followers' needs -- they NEED to be told when they've messed up and they need to get this right!" Right? ;-)

lynnrush said...

Ohhh, interesting. I think leader, but with a few traits of controller.

I'm not perfect, that's for sure.

Sometimes I try and do it all, cuz I want it done my way, well, that stifles personal growth of others. And it's not really showing much trust in the person I'm doing that to.

So, hey.....I'm a leader with a sprinkle of controller....

Leslie said...

Yeah, like Philangelus said, no one will read that and go "I'm a controller"

Well unless they are a controller (as in the head accounting honcho)... ROFL