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MMDI™ Leadership Styles

Based on Myers Briggs/Jungian theory

Leadership styles based on Myers Briggs theory
Leadership Styles
Participative Ideological
Change-oriented Visionary
Executive Theorist
Action-oriented Goal-oriented

Action-oriented leadership

Action-oriented leadership involves taking action and leading by example. An action-oriented leader has a strong sense of immediacy, focusing on the task in hand and seeing it through to fruition. Other people in the organisation often see their own roles as supporting the action-oriented leader, who is the prime achiever. This leadership model tends to work best either in small or medium-sized teams. It can work in larger organisations if the nature of the task is simple enough for everyone to observe and relate to.

Examples of action-oriented leaders include surgeons, firefighters, sportsmen/sportswomen, or the soldiers who lead their troops from the front. In a surgical team, for example, the surgeon leads the operation and does the main work, whilst being supported by the rest of the team. The work of the anaesthetist is to put the patient to sleep so the surgeon can carry out the operation; when the surgeon has finished, the anaesthetist can then allow the patient to wake. In a similar manner, the work of the rest of the team - in preparation, during the operation and post-operative tasks - is focused on supporting the work of the surgeon.

Action-oriented leadership is the preferred style of ESTPs and ESFPs. It makes use of the Jungian function Sensing, in an extraverted direction. There is an optional leadership pack that examines your use of each of the leadership styles and how you can develop.


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©2013 Team Technology. Further articles/resources that may be of interest include: Personality Test, Personality Type Descriptions, Myers Briggs overview, The Basics of Team Building, What Career is Right for Me?, and Career ideas.