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What Type of Leader Are You?

by Samira Asemanfar

June 25, 2012 | 4:39 pm

As a college student, I was on campus every day - not in class, but rather in organization meetings and events. I was always sitting in on project planning meetings. At the time, I thought leadership was learned and I was on a mission! I was thirsty to learn how to build, grow and lead.

Is leadership an inherent set of traits or can it be learned? Psychologists have been researching this question for years. My personal belief is that it is both learned and inherent. I think you are born with a set of some leadership qualities that you use to build other qualities through out your lifetime.

Recently, I was reading INC. Magazine (June 2012 Issue) and really enjoyed their well-rounded list of 13 prevalent types of leaders - “13 Ways of Looking at a Leader.” It’s important to be aware of who you are and how you operate. The better you know yourself, the better you can lead yourself to be an awesome person in society. The 13 types are listed below, but for the full read click here.

  1. Adaptive
  2. Emotionally Intelligent
  3. Charismatic
  4. Authentic
  5. Level 5
  6. Mindful
  7. Narcissistic
  8. No-Excuse
  9. Resonant
  10. Servant
  11. Storytelling
  12. Strengths-based
  13. Tribal

I would love to hear which of the 13 types of leadership you identify with. Personally, I probably have a tiny bit of each one in different circumstances, however my dominant types are: Adaptive, Authentic, Level 5, and Servant.

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Storytelling and emotionally intelligent (or so I like to think!)

Comment by Melody on 6/25/12 at 6:09 pm


Interesting article Samira, thank you! I guess I’d classify myself as storytelling and emotionally intelligent (or so I like to think!)

Comment by Melody on 6/25/12 at 6:09 pm


I’d say I fit most comfortably into Adaptive and Strengths-based.

Comment by Jared Baker on 6/26/12 at 11:31 am


Not yet but I want to become a leader. Someone give me advice in this area? Thank you!
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Comment by Jameillah on 12/09/12 at 11:27 pm


For the momment I am just an employee, but, how soon I hope to become a leader :)
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Comment by Martha on 12/15/12 at 8:07 am


For a better understanding of the phenomenon, you should explain the characteristics of each type of leader. East Bay Homes For Sale

Comment by Joshua on 12/30/12 at 9:40 am


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After graduating from the Marshall School of Business at USC in 2004, Samira Asemanfar of Los Angeles California joined KPMG, LLP as an internal auditor and SOX compliance...

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