September 15, 2015

What’s Your Style? Are you a Builder, or a Climber?

Leaders and managers have been recognized as charismatic, bureaucratic, Machiavellian, democratic, authoritarian, and laissez-faire.

We also have micromanagers, coaches, and servant leaders. The list goes on, but there's a thread, or attribute, that runs through every management and leadership style, and it involves how people interact with and value the people around them.

To help understand this attribute, we can view it as a spectrum. At one end of the spectrum are Builders, at the other are Climbers. Every person has a tendency to operate at a particular point on this spectrum, and it's natural to move one way or the other as a situation warrants. Where you operate on the spectrum and how you weave this thread into your personal leadership style may be the largest factor in determining your ability to create passion-driven teams.

Your answers to the following questions will give you an idea of where you sit on the Builder – Climber spectrum. Be brutally honest with yourself as you answer. Once you're done, you'll be taken to a page that describes your tendency on the Builder - Climber spectrum.

Are you a Builder or a Climber?

1. Do you encourage and help other people work toward the same professional growth activities that you choose for yourself?

  •  No
  •  Infrequently
  •  Half the time
  •  Frequently
  •  Always

2. Do you sacrifice your time in the spotlight to train others to be better at what they do?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

3. Do you ask for help on projects – and share the credit when accolades come?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

4. Do you truly enjoy giving a boost to someone's self-esteem?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

5. Do you prioritize looking for ways to solve problems over looking for someone to blame?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

6. When someone comes to you with a problem, do you listen more than talk?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

7. Do you share new knowledge and information with those around you?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

8. Do you look for ways to help others be better at what they do?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

9. When things go wrong, do you take responsibility as quickly and to the same degree as you take credit when things go right?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always

10. When you do something for others, is it done without expectation of something in return?

  • No
  • Infrequently
  • Half the time
  • Frequently
  • Always