The age of the “great man” leader may be over, but one study suggests CEOs still stumble over their egos. A little humility and openness to learning can help. What’s your most effective leadership style? Thousands of online quizzes stand at the ready to help you find the answer. But perhaps it’s best to get away from this business of “leadership style” entirely. That seems to be the message of more than a million professionals.
In “ People First for Organizational Fitness,” a new global trends report from the Myers-Briggs Company, one takeaway is that leaders increasingly need to demonstrate flexibility above all, rather than project one particular persona. “They need to be able to change and adapt in order to be successful,” write the authors of the study, based in part from data gathered from 1.3 million Myers-Briggs personality assessments. “In a rapidly evolving world, today’s leaders are never a finished article. They need to stay motivated to develop themselves.” It takes bravery to confess to your blind spots and recruit people to help address them. The kind of adaptability the report wants to encourage has less to do with personality than it does levels of engagement […]