Thought Leader Scorecard

You may actually be able to build a better mousetrap.
Your ideas aren’t always practical.
“There’s always a better way.”Your Personal Mantra

How you manage others

You like to lead from outside the box. Way outside. You believe that even the most mundane problems have creative solutions. You always push your team to choose the road less traveled, and you reward unorthodox ideas and risk-taking, even if it means wasting time and money. After all, there’s no growth without failure. You’re tolerant—even encouraging—of employees’ unconventional habits and workflow, because you tend to think the same way.

How you prefer to be managed

You do your best work away from the screen, whether sitting on your sofa or surrounded by whiteboards. Nothing kills your vibe like unnecessary constraints. As such, you need a boss who gives you plenty of space to create. You like to experiment—to throw a bunch of ideas against the wall and see what sticks. Your ideal boss is comfortable letting you pursue impractical ideas, and doesn’t look over your shoulder before your product is ready for the big reveal.

How you can be more effective in operating with leaders of other types

  1. Process: While you’re more of a big-picture person, your lack of attention to detail may make you seem flaky to Process-oriented leaders in your organization. Take a moment to think about whether your ideas are practical, realistic, and based on actual need versus want, then provide details about how your ideas can be implemented.
  2. Results: How does your idea contribute to business goals, both short- and long-term? Pinpoint the “why” in everything you do, and make sure your ideas focus on a central theme when you’re pitching to Results-oriented leaders in your organization. Tie everything to the bottom line.

Relationships with your employees

You want a team full of trendsetters. You’re drawn to hipsters and early-adopters—the first in their group of friends to own a smartphone, when it was cool, but not necessarily functional. You genuinely believe that there are no stupid ideas when it comes to brainstorming, and in turn, you tend to reward team members who seem the most imaginative. So what if their ideas are so impractical they never quite make it off the whiteboard?

Relationship with your boss

You tend to view yourself more as an artist or innovator than a manager, and you see your boss the same way—as a creative colleague whose main function is to be a sounding board for ideas. You’re likely to enjoy grabbing a beer and discussing big ideas, but you’re uncomfortable setting concrete milestones or timelines for your projects. You prefer a supervisor who takes a more hands-off approach, allowing you to set a goal, then work with your team to decide how to solve the problem.