Some of you are probably already familiar with the theory of “7 transformations of leadership” by David Ruk and William Thorbert. I read this article a couple of years ago, but recently I decided to re-read it for myself, and at the same time share my main thoughts?

I really like to communicate and observe business owners, because these are people who take responsibility and act in conditions of uncertainty. They took the VUCA world for granted and on this basis they think over their strategy and tactics. According to the theory of 7 transformations of leadership, managers can be divided into the following types:

Opportunists (5% of respondents)

Diplomats (12% of respondents)

Experts (38% of respondents)

Reach (30% of respondents)

Mavericks (10% of respondents)

Strategists (4% of respondents)

Alchemists (1% of respondents)

The first three types (Opportunists, Diplomats and Experts) make up the majority and are less effective in managing the team and developing the company. It is an interesting fact that Opportunists — manipulators who win at all costs — often make excellent salespeople. Experts are the most common type – they are excellent specialists in their field, who had to manage people, but it is much easier to work alone.

It is noteworthy that Pre-MBA programs, as a rule, are geared to just transfer the Expert to the level of a Reach, able to work in a team, set goals and achieve them. Next come the most effective types of leaders (Maverick, Strategist and Alchemist) – they are able to innovate and support the sustainable development of the organization.Mavericks, as a rule, act as consultants, bridging the gaps between strategy and action. Based on introspection and feedback from others, at this stage I consider myself to be the type of Individualists. When working with any client, I won’t calm down until we deal with the barriers to brand development, until we build a holistic picture of the brand, using rational and emotional components, until we discard all unnecessary, and only then we will gradually add values to the product or service. My favorite moment is when the client says: “But what, was that possible?” or “C’mon? And I didn’t think about that! ”.

Strategists are effective as transformational leaders; they manage to change the system within the company. But Alchemists can change entire societies, change spiritual and social life – the authors include Nelson Mandela as such leaders. What type of leaders do you consider yourself to be? And is there any need to strive to become a leader?