Authentic, high-level leaders are never satisfied with what’s just “working." The most authentic, those leading at the highest level, are always in flow between "being" and "becoming." Gallup research reveals that followers need four things in place before it is safe to follow those in leadership: trust, compassion, stability, and hope. The great news is how a leader provides that safe environment isn’t what’s important; your authentic approach is what matters.
The best leaders continually seek to understand and leverage their core talents. These talents determine your "stance." A stance is a mental or emotional position adopted with respect to something. Your stance is foundational and unique.
Gallup’s® decades of science and research identified 34 themes of talent we all possess to varying degrees. Those themes separate into four domains of strength (Executing©, Strategic Thinking©, Influencing©, and Relationship Building©). Gallup’s Dr. Don Clifton, the father of strengths-based psychology, stated, “A leader needs to know his strengths as a carpenter knows his tools, or as a physician knows the instruments at her disposal. What great leaders have in common is that each truly knows his or her strengths – and can call on the right strength at the right time. This explains why there is no definitive list of characteristics that describes all leaders.”
This month we are going to dive into what I refer to with my clients as the Archer archetype as one of the four stances and how it manifests itself within the Executing domain. See if you recognize yourself in The Archer?
The Archer gets things done - and with precision. When it is time for implementation, the Archer will work long hours to complete the job. They possess a keen ability to take hold of an idea and make it happen, which brings a great sense of achievement and purpose. They have a desire to stay busy working to produces results that matter. With the ability to organize, they often like to consider how to arrange things to achieve the best outcome. They feel a personal responsibility for all they take on; they are honest and loyal. They possess the ability to see a project through from beginning to end in a thoughtful and orderly and structured manner.
Archers have strong, immovable core values that give stability and purpose to their lives. They believe that we all have value and, as such, have a deep need for fairness and equality. They often structure their lives with consistent routines. Rules and procedures are to be followed. Stability is essential to their overall well-being. The Archer does not shy away from problems or conflict. It energizes them. They can see to the heart of an issue and find a way to positive resolution.
Archers are amazing. However, they shoot in too many directions, or they can miss the target if distracted. Sometimes they overcommit. Tunnel vision to get the job done can cause issues when a project needs to pivot in a new direction. They can feel frustrated when it seems others aren't working as hard. The commitment to complete a project can, at times, come across as controlling or inflexible regarding another’s methods.
When the Archer is leading in the highest positive position of this unique stance, they are valued as trustworthy and reliable. They bring order to confusion. The ability to set precise, appropriate goals and timelines keeps things moving efficiently toward the desired objective. They seem to have the energy of ten people. They lead in a manner that values everyone's contribution as necessary as their own and sees that others are recognized.
In their unique way, the Archer provides others with the trust, compassion, stability, and hope required to stay actively engaged and bringing their best to the team/project every day. They create a bond that is strong and dependable. When the next project or issue comes along, Archer's unique abilities put the entire team in the best position to hit the bullseye due to their stable, proven leadership stance. You can count on the Archer every time.
Do you recognize yourself as the Archer?