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Can the same skills that help leaders rise within organizations become obstacles to their greatness? Decidedly yes, argues leadership consultant Lolly Daskal. The weaknesses that can shadow a leader’s strengths differ depending on the leader’s behavior profile, or “archetype.” Drawing on psychological and philosophical principles and her experiences as a consultant, Daskal presents an easy-to-understand rubric of seven leadership archetypes – each with “leadership gaps” that leaders must acknowledge and overcome. By offering clear guidelines for identifying these behavioral models and providing practical tips leaders can use to convert their potential weaknesses into positives, Daskal challenges readers to rethink what they believe about themselves and their roles as leaders. getAbstract recommends her analysis and strategies to leaders who want to maximize their strengths.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to categorize leaders according to “seven archetypes,”
  • Which abilities and tendencies each archetype embodies; and
  • What “leadership gaps” keep each archetype from greatness – and how to leverage these gaps.

About the Author

Lolly Daskal founded the coaching and consulting firm Lead from Within. She has written for HBR, Inc., Fast Company, Huffington Post, Psychology Today, and other publications.



“Leadership Archetypes” and “Leadership Gaps”

All leaders eventually face situations that resist their go-to strategies. Too often at such turning points, they dodge the need for change and double down on what they already feel comfortable doing. When leaders become blind to the personal leadership gaps that hold them back, they fail. When they acknowledge and learn to leverage their shortcomings, they become greater leaders.

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