It’s one of the oldest maxims in recorded human history: “know thyself.”
That may seem like a simple instruction, but in my experience it can be deceptively complex, especially for business leaders who really do need to know themselves since other people are affected by their actions.
For example, if you think entrepreneurs and CEOs are interchangeable leaders you could be in for a surprise. Some entrepreneurs are better in supportive and creative roles. They know how to get things started. But not all of them are good at leadership once a company is launched and the day-to-day operation of the enterprise is at stake.
On the other hand, a capable CEO focuses more on a leadership style that lends itself well to running a company.
Given these differences, entrepreneurs who want consistent success should consider various career paths after their company’s startup phase, depending on their strengths. They may want to put the company’s leadership in someone else’s hands while they assume a role that’s a better fit for them.
So what are the traits of different types of leaders? Let me highlight four major leadership-personality types that can be found in both entrepreneurs and CEOs.
Now it’s time to “know thyself.” Which type are you?
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