Types of Leadership Personalities

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Leadership personalities vary widely.
Leadership personalities vary widely. (Image: Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

The four types of leadership personalities each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Four corresponding animals, the ostrich, the chameleon, the fox and the tiger, sum up these types. The ostrich is warm and trustworthy but avoids conflict as much as possible (often exacerbating it). The chameleon loves to have fun but may prioritize entertaining others over leading them. The fox values information and data but may discourage others by overanalyzing both data and people. The tiger is energetic and driven but often forgets to motivate others.

Ostrich

People who have an "ostrich" leadership personality tend to be calm and soft-spoken. Having an easygoing personality is a strength; it allows them to get along well with everyone. They also tend to be good listeners and are loyal and trustworthy. However, ostriches tend to avoid conflict and try to please everyone else, and this can make their employees feel that the employees can push them around. If a problem at work arises, an ostrich will often procrastinate, which can make him feel overworked.

Ostriches are typically loyal and good-natured, but their tendency to avoid conflict may be a problem.
Ostriches are typically loyal and good-natured, but their tendency to avoid conflict may be a problem. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Chameleon

People with a chameleon leadership personality love to have fun. They typically have warm and engaging personalities, and their contagious enthusiasm makes it easy for them to motivate others. However, chameleons are also people pleasers and often avoid conflict by agreeing with everyone, saying one thing with one group of people and a completely different thing with another group. This often makes it hard to trust what chameleons are saying.

Chameleons love to have fun but sometimes they are better at entertaining than leading.
Chameleons love to have fun but sometimes they are better at entertaining than leading. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Fox

People who have a fox leadership personality value information and are analytical. They pay close attention to detail and need all the facts before making a decision, and this allows them to anticipate mistakes. However, foxes tend to overanalyze both information and people. They can often come across as overly critical, which often makes their employees hesitant to approach them with ideas or suggestions.

Foxes are efficient and knowledgeable, but their analytical tendencies can discourage other people..
Foxes are efficient and knowledgeable, but their analytical tendencies can discourage other people.. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Tiger

People who exhibit the tiger leadership personality are highly focused and love to work hard. They usually have an almost overwhelming amount of energy and are always eager for the next task. Not only are tigers extremely self-motivated, but they tend to be sharply focused on the task at hand as well. Both these traits lead tigers to be unaware that others may need of encouragement. Tigers can also come across as stubborn or arrogant.

Tigers are energetic and driven but often forget that others may need motivation.
Tigers are energetic and driven but often forget that others may need motivation. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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