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HCI Webinar: Right Leader Right Time, with Robert Jordan

In the latest HCI Webinar, Dr. Jonathan H. Westover talks with Robert Jordan about his book, Right Leader Right Time: Discover Your Leadership Style for a Winning Career and Company. Below is a summary of the main points from their conversation! Check out the full episode and let us know what you think!


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Quick Recap


The meeting focused on Robert's book "Right Leader, Right Time", which highlights the importance of finding one's unique leadership style. The conversation then shifted to discussing individual and organizational energy types, such as 'fixer', 'artist', 'builder', and 'strategist' energy. The importance of understanding one's own leadership style and the styles of others was emphasized, with a particular focus on the dangers of trying to please everyone. The recent developments in the FTX court case and the importance of understanding individual strengths and styles in leadership were also discussed.


Leadership Styles and Success


Jonathan and Robert had a discussion about Robert's book, "Right Leader, Right Time," which focuses on the importance of discovering one's unique leadership style for successful career and company. Robert shared his motivation for writing the book and emphasized the cautionary tale it presents, stressing that success can be emulated. Additionally, Robert spoke about his role as CEO of Interim Execs, a firm that matches top executives with companies globally. Jonathan and Robert discussed the importance of understanding leadership styles and their interactions, with Jonathan suggesting starting at the foundation to understand different types of leadership styles. Robert introduced a free 3-minute assessment tool called FABS Leadership Assessment to help individuals identify their leadership style.


Leadership Types in Individuals and Organizations


Robert and Jonathan had a conversation about different individual and organizational energy types, specifically 'fixer', 'artist', 'builder', and 'strategist' energy. Robert described 'fixer' energy as a troubleshooting inclination, 'artist' energy as an innovative drive, 'builder' energy as a focus on scaling and market dominance, and 'strategist' energy as leadership in large, complex organizations. They also discussed their personal preferences and strengths, with Jonathan acknowledging his preference for creating sustainable processes and systems over troubleshooting.


Leadership Styles and Strengths


Jonathan and Robert discussed the importance of understanding one's own leadership style and the styles of those around them. Robert emphasized the dangers of trying to be all things to all people, and the benefits of knowing one's strengths and delegating tasks outside of those strengths. They also touched on the usefulness of various tools such as personality assessments and psychometrics in assessing leadership strengths and weaknesses. Robert suggested that those who thrive on working on multiple projects simultaneously likely have strong artist energy.


FTX Bankruptcy and Leadership Discussion


Robert and Jonathan discussed the recent developments in the FTX court case, focusing on the appointment of John Ray as interim CEO following the company's bankruptcy. They emphasized the potential impact of this situation on millions of people and the significant dispute over billions of dollars. The conversation also explored the concept of leadership, highlighting the importance of understanding individual strengths and styles, rather than trying to fit people into a prototypical model. They also introduced the idea of "tours of duty" in careers, emphasizing the shift from lifetime employment and encouraging individuals to discover their strengths through different roles and contexts.


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