Leadership Styles

Now it’s time to use your Leadership Style to help you make the most impact.

Hi, my name is Annette Saldana and I have worked extensively coaching Fortune 500 companies. This quiz was designed for you. I want you to be super successful in all areas of your life without compromising your needs, wants, and strengths. Once you better understand your Leadership Style, you can see your particular brand of brilliance and understand any inherent limits.

The more clearly you see yourself, the more clearly you can be seen by the world. I invite you to see yourself not in an overly harsh or judgmental manner, but with honesty and acceptance. Also, it’s important to notice that although you scored higher in one particular style, we can express all of the traits from time to time. You can also combine and incorporate the unique strengths and approaches of other styles.

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  • Idealist

    Let’s talk about Ms. Idealist

    She doesn’t ask for what she wants because hearing a “no” would almost certainly be the end of the world. If you’re Ms. Idealist, you lose your power by fearing how others will react to you when you ask for what you want.

    Welcome to the world of MOST WOMEN.

    The problem is we’re often wrong in our predictions because we’re blinded by our own set of presumptions. When it comes to asking for more money from clients, this means you might do one of three things:

    1. Back down when they try to negotiate.
    2. Never ask at all because you don’t want to rock the boat.
    3. Purposely under price yourself so you don’t have to deal with the pain
    of having them question whether you’re worth it.

    When it comes to asking others for partnerships or opportunities, most likely you just don’t ask at all. You wait for others to come to you. The nice thing is you’re so wonderful that this actually happens, which encourages you by rewarding some unfortunate habits.

    Here’s the Secret: Forget about whether they say “yes” or “no.” For you, my lady, the VICTORY is in the ASKING.

    Famous Ms. Idealists

    Emma Watson Malala Yousafzai Michelle Obama Princess Diana
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    You can’t just come right out and ask for ANYTHING you want. Who do you think you are? You need to pay your dues. You need to take a long time and wait for the right time to ask. You need to build up enough credibility and references. You know these things take time and preparation. You need to wait for the right opportunities to come along and not try to rush it.

    Sound familiar? Women who subscribe to this myth often don’t ask for anything at all because they’re afraid of what others will think of them. They might rather starve than hear a no. Or they might compromise in some way to adapt to everyone else.

    You lose your power by fearing how others will react to you asking for what you want. What I’ve found with this group of clients is that there is a huge aversion to being called THAT B WORD. It is literally like a weight crushing down on their shoulders.

    There is so much concern for what others will think and say and it sucks the life out of them. Inside of every one of those idealists is someone wanting to make a huge contribution and carrying a unique insight that would rock the house in any business. But their conviction is clouded by the myth called “I just can’t come right out there and ask for ANYTHING!”

    When it comes to asking for more money from clients, you back down when they try to negotiate; or you just never ask at all because you don’t want to rock the boat. Worse yet – you try to sell solely on the basis of price vs. the value you are providing, purposely under pricing yourself so you don’t have to deal with the pain of owning you ARE worth it.

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    ms. force of natureLet’s talk about Ms. Force of Nature

    If you’re a Force of Nature, you lose your power by being an indirect communicator.

    Often these indirect requests are not truly heard and therefore not delivered, adding to the sense of “I have to do everything myself.” If you’re leading others, you may be someone who sends out memos and articles expecting an alteration in the habits and attitudes around you.

    Since you are a Force of Nature, people count on you to get things done. A popular pitfall in this category is overwhelm and shortage of time. Often, instead of asking for help, you stay stuck in a complaint, which impedes your ability to come up with a creative solution. When it comes to asking for more money from clients, you may not have a problem. Asking for the sale is not so tough – after all, you get to shine.

    But asking for help from others?

    Your first instinct is to do it all yourself. We’re going to look at ways you could change that today.

    Here’s a Secret: When you fall into the trap of this myth that you have to work harder than anyone else and do it all yourself, you don’t give other people the opportunity to show you how much they could do, how much value they could bring.

     

    Famous Ms. Forces of Nature

    Amy Poehler Lady Gaga Meryl Streep Oprah Winfrey
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    If you want to be successful, you have to work your pants off. In fact, harder than anyone else because you know you’re lucky to be where you are. If you’re not working on a weekend, then say goodbye to six or seven figures. At least, it feels like that’s the truth, right?

    We all know what it feels like to start a business or excel in a career. It’s a lot of freaking work! If you ever hear someone tell you it’s not, you can just laugh at them, because you know for a fact that it is. There’s no getting around that. If you want to succeed, you WILL probably have to work your pants off. But at a certain point once your credibility and business gets established (and even before it’s established), if you really want to grow, YOU will have to STOP working your pants off and lead others. You can’t work harder than anyone else and grow a sustainable and wildly profitable business that way. Not to mention the family drama that we know happens when you’re locked away in your office or pounding the pavement.

    For those of you who are in the habit of jumping in and doing it yourself, you know that no one else will ever be able to really help you. No one else is as invested as you. It’s your skin on the line. That is just how you work. You know it and you’re proud of it. You also know “they” don’t GET IT. What you may not notice is how much power (and joy) you’re losing from burnout and by being an indirect communicator.

    Here’s a tip – and if you realize this alone today, you’ll have hit the jackpot. Your indirect requests are not landing. It’s not that you cannot trust others. You just aren’t communicating directly. So your “asks” just aren’t truly heard and therefore go undelivered. The sad thing is this just reinforces the notion that you have to do everything yourself.

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  • Ms. Commander copyLet’s talk about Ms. Commander in Chief

    If you’re Ms. Commander in Chief, you lose your power because of a subconscious belief that you shouldn’t have to ask.

    You rely on your common sense and expect others to do the same. This can make others seem uncooperative or incompetent when really they just need some direction. Another stop in this category is you may find it demeaning to have to ask for certain things.

    As a leader, you have cultivated the skill of observation and you quickly act to resolve breakdowns. Your expectation that others have the same know-how is unrealistic and can instill fear and resentment in those you speak to, rather than a willingness to listen.

    One of the traps of being a Commander in Chief is you look to improve everyone else first and yourself last. If you lead any group or team of people, you are the pivot point. Your greatest leverage for change is to look at yourself first.

    You need to learn how to ask for partnerships in a way that entices other high-level people into saying yes.

    Here’s the Secret: Your refreshing directness is great, but we just need to temper it a little bit and combine it with some magic irresistibility.

     

    Famous Ms. Commander In Chiefs

    Mother Teresa Ruth Bader Ginsberg    Serena Williams Tina Fey
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    You “need” to be pushy, or to be fine with other people thinking you are. You “need” to kind of act like a man in a woman’s body. You see no problem with putting yourself first.

    Yes. It’s common knowledge that men ask for what they want more often. So it’s no wonder that your choices have been limited when it comes to mimicking styles.

    For those of us blinded by this myth, we subscribe to strict limitations on our self-expression. We “know” we have to be stern in order to be taken seriously. Suppressing who we are, guarding our sensitivity and playfulness becomes second nature for fear that our voices will be compromised. We turn into some antiquated model of leadership, knowing we’ve got to do it like a man in order to be on the playing field at all.

    Another stop in this category is that you may find it demeaning to have to ask for certain things. You need to learn how to ask for partnerships in a way that entices other high-level people into saying “yes.”

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“The range of what we think and do is limited by what we fail to notice; and because we fail to notice that we fail to notice, there’s little that we can do to change, until we notice how failing to notice changes our thoughts and deeds.”

— R.D. Laing