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Scholars from Florida International University reveal a new way to understand your leadership style – starting with the question “Whom do I serve?” This informative article also includes a practical component: You can take an assessment at the LeadershipMindsets website to understand the blend of leadership mind-sets that shape you.

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Modesto A. Maidique is president emeritus at Florida International University, where Nathan J. Hiller is an associate professor of management.



To understand your leadership style, delve deeper than your personality traits or EQ. Asking “Whom do I serve?” taps into wisdom that will help you build stronger teams and increase your influence. A study of leaders across 80 firms and diverse industries revealed six “leadership mind-sets” in response to this question. Each person typically embodies a mix of several mind-sets, with one or two being dominant. Individuals can naturally evolve or, by asking whom they want to serve, deliberately change. No perfect mix of mind-sets exists, but leaders with strong “Dynamo, Builder and Transcender” tendencies and milder “Egoist, Chameleon and Sociopath” leanings tend...

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