The Leadership Style: Which genius are you?

type of genius and leadership style

Do you know that there are four types of geniuses and each correlates to your leadership style?

Albert Einstein once said,

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will spend its whole life believing that it’s stupid.

In the same way, there aren’t necessarily smart people and dumb people.

Everyone is talented and useful in their way.

So which kind of genius are you?

And more importantly, how can you maximise that genius and apply it to your line of work?

For that matter, are you in a position that is most suited to your own particular set of talents?

All of us are born great at something.

As we mature, we realise that there are some things that we do not fare so well at.

What happens is that we feel so bad about these things that we are not good at and we work hard at improving on our weaknesses that we tend to forget our natural abilities.

The Four Geniuses

There are four types of natural genius we should hone.

The idea traced back to 5,000 years ago. Additionally, they connect the types to the four seasons and frequencies found in ancient Chinese and Indian school of thoughts.

Plus, Aristotle and Plato also identified with these four types, in some form.

Even though these are ancient in origin, they are being applied today by many business leaders so that they can effectively lead their team, as well as attract more customers.

Finding out the type of genius that you are will make you aware of your strengths and weaknesses.

Below are the four geniuses. Which one of these matches your personality?

4 Genius Types and the Correlated Leadership Style

1. Dynamo Genius: The Ideas Smart Leader

Dynamo geniuses are focused on creating ideas.

Therefore, this type of genius starts things and keeps them going. Furthermore, they also like to see the future more than others.

Consequently, their heads are often floating around thinking about ideas, and dynamo geniuses have short attention spans.

So, do not expect them to be as organised or as social as others.

This type does not do well in paying attention and finishing things, because they prefer to innovate and be creative.

Leadership style: Task-based

Weakest point: Consulting and following intuition, dynamo geniuses are not good with timing and service.

Example of dynamo geniuses: Albert Einstein, Beethoven, Bill Gates, Michael Jackson, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Thomas Edison.

2. Blaze Genius: The People Smart Leader

Blaze geniuses are focused on communication and conversation.

They are all about talking to people, asking the right questions, growing relationships, and putting people first.

Blaze geniuses do not worry about their sudden change in focus or about being stuck in the office.

This type of genius is not so good when it comes to details and analysis.

Leadership style: Communication

Weakest point: Calculation

Example of blaze geniuses: Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Jack Welch, Larry King, and Oprah Winfrey

3. Tempo Genius: The Senses Smart Leader

Tempo geniuses are focused on their perseverance and senses, preferring to be extra careful and take more time to think about things.

Known for being calm and grounded, this type of genius can handle many activities, and they are very hands-on.

As such, do not expect a creative plan from a tempo genius, or you will be disappointed.

Tempo geniuses are excellent when it comes to timing and based on their senses. They know when it’s the right time to act, to sell, to buy, or to hold.

Leadership style: Servant leadership

Weakest point: Creativity hinders tempo genius from excelling. They cannot start from scratch and produce a creative result.

Example of tempo geniuses: Gandhi, George Soros, Michael Phelps, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Warren Buffet, and Woodrow Wilson

4. Steel Genius: The Details Smart Leader

Steel geniuses focus their strength in systems and details.

Furthermore, they do not mind not being social or sensitive enough. And they prefer being alone. Consequently, they’re the most productive when they are working on their own.

Steel geniuses can find more effective ways to do things based on systems set in place.

They do not want to be rushed and will create systems based on their timing.

Leadership style: Systems-driven leadership

Weakest point:

Small talks and constant communication are not steel genius’ things. Too much contact with a blazing genius can dull the mind of a steel genius.

Example of details geniuses: John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Larry Page, Mark Zuckerberg, Ray Kroc, and Sergey Brin

So, which leadership style are you?

No one person can excel at everything.

Each one has his or her strengths and weaknesses.

The important thing is that you know what you can and cannot do so that you can focus on the things that you are good at and make a difference.

You may be interested in our latest article on holistic leadership style.

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Amos Tay

Amos Tay

Amos Tay is the Senior Partner of Hatch Asia. He is a Gallup-Certified CliftonStrength Coach and lead our executive search, coaching and expand our partnership development across the region.

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