We are teaching it wrong.
We have been taught from a young age the importance of becoming a leader.
We have been told that leaders are strong, confident, charismatic, assertive, and determined.
We believe that leaders are POWERFUL, knowledgeable, and more experienced than us.
But that is wrong.
What if the way we are teaching youth today regarding leadership is incorrect and even harmful for the development future leaders?
What if Leadership is NOT a personality type but rather a unique and personal opportunity for each individual.
According the The Color Code created by Dr. Taylor Hartman there are 4 different personality types he distinguishes by color.
Each has it strengths and weaknesses but only the red personality is characterized by those LEADERSHIP characteristics that I listed before.
Reds are motivated by Power.
According the Hartman: “Red are the power wielders. Power: the ability to move from point A to point B and get things done, is what motivates and drives these people. They bring great gifts of vision and leadership and generally are responsible, decisive, proactive and assertive.”
However, these people only make up 25% of the population.
That means that 75% of youth today are told that they won’t be leaders because they do not have the necessary characteristics.
However, each personality type has strengths and unique innate talents to offer.
I used to believe this. As a youth I was shy and introverted. I fluctuated between being a Blue and a White personality type.
But because I didn’t fit this cookie cutter I sincerely believed that I could not be a leader, so I didn’t try.
I would leave that to those who were good at it.
That was until my Junior year of High School when I became captain of the girls Cross Country Team, when I was forced to become a leader.
On the team there were some girls that actually were red personality types and sometimes there were many different opinions.
During those two years I learned how to be a leader and how to bring our team together. I learned that I could be a leader even if the way I led was different than a red personality type would lead. Perhaps I was even able to accomplish some things that red personality types wouldn’t be able to do in connecting to the girls and bringing them together as a team through one on one interactions and spiritual thoughts.
I lead differently. Not necessarially better than a red would have led but I brought different things to the table.
Each Personality brings something different to the table in terms of leadership.
Yellows are motivated by fun.
As said by Hartman: “Yellow are the fun lovers. Fun: the joy of living life in the moment, is what motivates and drives these people. They bring great gifts of enthusiasm and optimism and are generally charismatic, spontaneous, and sociable.”
Because of these characteristic they bring energy and vitality to the group. Creating an excitement that others can catch hold of. Contagious zeal.
Blues are motivated by intimacy, forming and maintaining relationships with others.
Hartman said: “Blue are the do-gooders.
Intimacy: connecting, creating quality relationships and having purpose, is what motivates and drives these people. They bring great gifts of quality and service and are generally loyal, sincere, and thoughtful.”
Take time to really understand each individual and bind them together.
Whites are motivated by Peace
Of Whites Hartman stated: “White are the peacekeepers.
Peace: the ability to stay calm and balanced even in the midst of conflict, is what motivates and drives these people. They bring great gifts of clarity and tolerance and are generally kind, adaptable, and good-listeners.”
These people are good listeners help the team members work together. They come up with new solutions and encourage thought and discussion in others.
“A great leader truly understands themselves. They understand what their strengths are and what their weaknesses are. This allows them to clearly see what type of tasks they need to delegate, and what tasks they should assume responsibility for. When they do decide to delegate certain tasks, they also trust their team to get the job done.
Mark Wilson VP, Corporate Communications
It is important to understand ourselves. Once we do will can focus on our strengths and on how each of us can be leaders in our own ways.
Let us encourage the leadership of the future by not limiting leaders by their personality types.
As we do this the youth of the future will produce new and different leaders and our society will be better because of it.
VIDEO LINK TO TED TALK
Word cloud of past critics by myself and my teacher. Things to work on for my TED Talk: time, likes, umm, pause, and eye contact.