High Task/High Relationship Leadership

                Leadership-wise, I’ve always considered myself to be a battlefield general, leading the charge.  My colleagues have always commented that I am an inspiring leader and that I don’t mind getting dirty in the trenches.  Add to that, I despise authoritarian, directive leadership or micromanagement.  I believe that everyone should have goals and metrics that they should perform within as far as job expectations, but I feel that directing each task done by each employee is insulting to their intelligence.

                Here is a basic S.W.O.T. analysis of my leadership style:

Strengths:  inspirational; leads by example; enjoys motivating and building relationships; sets high expectations and clear goals

Weaknesses:  sometimes can give team too little task direction and assume that a problem is well within the abilities of the team (can come off as laissez faire leadership); can seem authoritative and demanding when trying to fix the situation once it has gone in the wrong direction for too long

Opportunities: improve leadership by learning how to let the group be collaborative and autonomous while staying highly engaged

Threats:  team members that need more direction feel abandoned and leave the group or ask for other leadership if they expect more directive leadership; tasks that I under-manage and assume that the team is able to self-direct sometimes go undone

                Measuring my own leadership style using Hersey and Blanchard’s article So You Want To Know Your Leadership Style, I came up with these results:  1. C, 2. B, 3. A, 4. D, 5. C, 6. D, 7. C, 8. D, 9. C, 10. A, 11. D, 12. A.

So my scoring looks like:

High Task/Low Relationship (Column 1) 11    [2]

High Task/High Relationship (Column 2) 111111    [6]

High Relationship/Low Task (Column 3) 11    [2]

Low Task/Low Relationship (Column 4) 11    [2]

                So, the mode is in Column 2, which corresponds to High Task/High Relationship with 6, which is significantly higher than the rest.  Therefore, my main leadership style is High Task/High Relationship, which is usually an effective style for high-performing teams (Hersey/Blanchard, 1974).

Hersey, P., Blanchard, K. (1974). So You Want To Know Your Leadership Style. Retrieved from https://psycnet.apa.org/record/1977-20152-001

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I am a DevOps advocate, not because I am a developer (I’m not), but because of the cultural shift it represents and the agility it gains. I am also a fan of the theory of constraints and applying constraint management to all areas of business: sales, finance, planning, billing, and all areas of operations. My speaking: I have done a lot of public speaking in my various roles over the years, including presentations at SBDC (Small Business Development Center) and Central PA Chamber of Commerce events as well as events that I have organized at MePush. My writing: I write a lot. Blog articles on the MePush site, press-releases for upcoming events to media contracts, posts on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/artocain/), presentations on Slideshare (https://www.slideshare.net/ArtOcain), posts on the Microsoft Tech Community, articles on Medium (https://medium.com/@artocain/), and posts on Quora (https://www.quora.com/profile/Art-Ocain-1). I am always looking for new places to write, as well. My certifications: ISACA Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Web Application Security Professional (CWASP), Certified Data Privacy Practitioner (CDPP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), VMware Certified Professional (VCP-DCV), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE), Veeam Certified Engineer (VMCE), Microsoft 365 Security Administrator, Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator, Azure Administrator, Azure Security Administrator, Azure Architect, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, ITIL v4 Foundations, Certified ScrumMaster, Certified Scrum Product Owner, AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner See certification badges on Acclaim here: https://www.youracclaim.com/users/art-ocain/badges My experience: I have a lot of experience from developing a great company with great people and culture to spinning up an impressive DevOps practice and designing impressive solutions. I have been a project manager, a President, a COO, a CTO, and an incident response coordinator. From architecting cloud solutions down to the nitty-gritty of replacing hardware, I have done it all. When it comes to technical leadership, I am the go-to for many companies. I have grown businesses and built brands. I have been a coach and a mentor, developing the skills and careers of those in my company. I have formed and managed teams, and developed strong leaders and replaced myself within the company time and again as I evolved. See my experience on LinkedIn here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/artocain/

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