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What is your Leadership Thinking Style? Find Out

Posted by Jody Urquhart on Mon, Dec 29, 2014 @ 04:11 PM

humorous speakerWhat is your Leadership Thinking Style?

Below is a list of the nine leadership thinking styles, based on the theory of Multiple Intelligences identified by Howard Gardner in 1983. Do any of these remind you of friends or family? How can you adjust your communication style to suit thinking styles other than your own? Leadership and change initiatives are affected by how you think.

Leadership Qualities Thinking Style

1) Logical-Mathematical thinkers:
-Leaders that like to understand patterns and relationships between objects or actions
-Try to understand the world in terms of causes and effects
·-Are good at thinking critically, and solving problems creatively

Logical-Mathematical Thinkers include
Isaac Newton, Archimedes, Albert Einstein

Careers which suit Logical-Mathematical thinkers include
Physicist, Chemist, Biologist, Lawyer, Computer Programmer, Engineer, Inventor

2) Linguistic thinkers:
-Tend to think in words, and like to use language to express complex ideas.
-Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings.

Linguistic Thinkers include
Great speakers like William Shakespeare, Sylvia Plath, Anne Frank

Careers which suit Linguistic thinkers include
Journalist, Librarian, Salesperson, Proof-reader, Translator, Poet, Lyricist, Motivational Speaker

3) Interpersonal thinkers:
-Like to think about other people, and try to understand them
-Recognise differences between individuals and appreciate that different people have different perspectives
-Make an effort to cultivate effective relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Interpersonal thinkers include
Inspirational leaders like Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, William Shakespeare(who have also given some great inspirational speeches)

Careers which suit Interpersonal thinkers include
Politician, Psychologist, Nurse, Counsellor, Teacher

4) Intrapersonal thinkers:
-Spend a lot of time thinking about and trying to understand themselves
-Reflect on their thoughts and moods, and work to improve them
-You understand how your behaviour affects your relationships with others

Intrapersonal thinkers include
Sigmund Freud, Gandhi, Grahame Greene, my mother in law

Careers which suit Intrapersonal Thinkers include
Psychologist, Teacher, Pilot, Child Ccare worker, Explorer, Drama therapist

5) Naturalist Thinkers:
-Like to understand the natural world, and the living beings that inhabit it
-Have an aptitude for communicating with animals
-You try to understand patterns of life and natural forces

Naturalist thinkers include
Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, Johnny Morris, David Attenborough, my Pekingese dogs

Careers which suit Naturalist thinkers include
Biologist, Meteorologist, Forester, Farmer, Astronomer, Alternative therapist

6) Existential thinkers:
-Like to spend time thinking about philosophical issues such as "What is the meaning of life?"
-Try to see beyond the 'here and now' and understand deeper meanings
-Consider moral and ethical implications of problems as well as practical solutions

Existential Thinkers include
The Buddha, Gandhi, Plato, Socrates, Martin Luther King

Careers which suit Existential Thinkers include
Philosopher, Religious Leader, Head of state, Artist, Writer

7) Musical thinkers:
-Tend to think in sounds, and may also think in rhythms and melodies
-Are sensitive to the sounds and rhythms of words as well as their meanings.
-Feel a strong connection between music and emotions

Musical Thinkers include
Mozart, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix

Careers which suit Musical Thinkers include
Musician, Music teacher, Sound engineer, Recording technician

8) Spatial Thinkers:
-Tend to think in pictures, and can develop good mental models of the physical world.
-Think well in three dimensions
-Have a flair for working with objects

Spatial Thinkers include
Pablo Picasso, Michelangelo, Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Careers which suit Spatial Thinkers include
Mechanic, Photographer, Artist, Architect, Engineer, Builder, Set Designer

9) Kinesthetic thinkers:
-Think in movements.
-Like to use their bodies in skilful and expressive ways
-Have an aptitude for working with their hands

Kinesthetic Thinkers include
Houdini, Rudolph Nureyev, David Beckham

Careers which suit Kinesthetic Thinkers include
Sportsperson, Craftsperson, Surgeon, Actor, Dancer, Coach, Physiotherapist

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