Montreal, Canada (PRWEB) June 25, 2013
What type of person is most likely to be a successful leader? Is it the compassionate mentor who empowers his/her followers, or the firm director who works hard and sets an inspiring example of perseverance and dedication? These are the questions that researchers at PsychTests endeavored to answer. Their analysis of 7,170 leaders revealed five distinct leadership styles.
From a sample of 34,700 people who took the Leadership Style Test, PsychTests researchers selected people who occupy a leadership position and used their most recent performance ratings to categorize them as excellent, good or average/poor leaders. Five specific types emerged from their study.
1) ECLECTIC LEADERS
(32% of the sample of excellent leaders; 16% of the sample of poor to average leaders)
“People who fell into the Eclectic category possess a combination of all the leadership styles,” explains Dr. Jerabek, president of the company. “This is the style of 1/3 of the excellent leaders, and likely the reason why they are considered ‘excellent’. Their repertoire of leadership skills is all-encompassing. They are social chameleons, and can draw from and use all the different leadership styles, depending on the situation or the people they are leading.”
2) “SPORTS” COACHES
(28% of excellent leaders; 43% of poor to average leaders)
(22% of the sample of excellent leaders; 17% of the sample of poor to average leaders)
(17% of the sample of excellent leaders; 23% of the sample of poor to average leaders)
5) COUNTRY CLUBBERS
(1% of the sample of excellent leaders; 1% of the sample of poor to average leaders)
While the Eclectic approach seemed to be prominent among excellent leaders, poor to average leaders tended to fall in one of two extremes. According to PsychTests’ research, they either focused too much on the performance/production side of leadership (Sports Coach style), or they focused too much on the people side of leadership (Mentor style) – to the detriment of both.
“The underperforming leaders tend to have an unbalanced style, which is likely why their performance as a leader was not rated well,” concludes Dr. Jerabek. “Nowadays, leaders need to wear many hats. They need to be able to develop both the human side and product side of a business – if you have just one or the other, you greatly limit yourself and the success of your business. The days of barking out orders and running staff like an assembly line or, on the contrary, spending the day on the golf course while your assistants run the company are becoming obsolete.”
PsychTests’ Leadership Style Test can be found at http://testyourself.psychtests.com/testid/2152
About PsychTests AIM Inc.:
PsychTests AIM Inc. originally appeared on the internet scene in 1996. Since its inception, it has become a pre-eminent provider of psychological assessment products and services to human resource personnel, therapists, academics, researchers and a host of other professionals around the world. PsychTests AIM Inc. staff is comprised of a dedicated team of psychologists, test developers, researchers, statisticians, writers, and artificial intelligence experts. The company’s research division, Plumeus Inc., is supported in part by the Research and Development Tax Credit awarded by Industry Canada.
Contact: Ilona Jerabek, Ph.D.
President of PsychTests AIM Inc.
9001 Boul. De L’Acadie, Suite 802
Montreal, Quebec, H4N 3H5