The Four Kinds of Genius: What Type of Leader Are You?
By: Roger James Hamilton, author of The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Plan to Financial Success (Business Plus, 2014)
You have a natural way to lead your team, grow your business and excel at your job. The problem is, right now you may be doing the exact opposite. If it feels like hard work, you’re already doing the wrong thing.
Try this little experiment: Fold your arms. Look whether you have folded your left arm over your right arm or your right over your left. Now do the opposite: Fold your right arm over your left arm or your left over your right.
Does it feel comfortable? For most people, it doesn’t; for some, it is even hard to do -- it feels…unnatural. That’s because you’re doing the wrong thing. That’s not to say there is one right way to fold our arms.
There is only your natural way: Your Genius.
The Genesis of the Four Kinds of Genius
The idea of the four geniuses dates back five thousand years and connects to the four season and four frequencies found in ancient Chinese and Indian thought. Aristotle and Plato identified them, too.
But while the ideas behind these geniuses may be ancient in origin, they are being applied today by an increasing number of business leaders to manage themselves, lead their team and understand their customers
Our genius connects us to how communicate, and how we market ourselves and our products or services differently. This is why one-size-fits-all books that insist on just one way to lead or manage will often contradict each other.
We all have a mix of geniuses, but we have one that is more dominant and when we focus at it, we can focus on our natural leadership style that suits our strengths -- and allow others to do the same.
Here are the four geniuses. Which one of these do you resonate with the most?
Dynamo Geniuses are Ideas Smart
Dynamo Geniuses include Richard Branson, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Michael Jackson, Beethoven, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein.
Related to “Spring” energy, all of these people focused their strengths in creating. They ignored those who criticized them for not being organized or social enough. They didn’t worry about being forgetful or missing the small things. They are all remembered today for their creative brilliance, because they were best at answering the question, “What?”
Dynamos lead through task-based leadership. As Richard Branson says “I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.”
Blaze Geniuses are People Smart
Blaze Geniuses include Bill Clinton, Jack Welch, Oprah Winfrey, Ellen DeGeneres, and Larry King.
Related to “Summer” energy, all of these charismatic people focused on their strengths in leadership and connections. They ignored those who criticized them for not focusing on the numbers or not planning enough.
They never worried that they changed focus too often or didn’t like being stuck in an office. They just got out there to make a difference through people, with fun and variety, because they were best at answering the question, “Who?”
Blazes lead through communication. Summed up by Jack Welch: “In leadership you have to exaggerate every statement you make. You’ve got to repeat it a thousand times and exaggerate it.”
Tempo Geniuses are Senses Smart
Tempo Geniuses include Warren Buffett, George Soros, Woodrow Wilson, Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Mother Teresa, and Michael Phelps.
Related to “Autumn” energy, all of these people focused on their strengths in their senses and perseverance. They ignored those who criticized them for not being more forceful or politically astute. They didn’t worry that they liked being extra careful and wanted to take more time over things.
They just stayed calm and grounded, taking their time, because they were best at answering the question, “When?”
Tempos lead through servant leadership. As Woodrow Wilson said, “The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.”
Steel Geniuses are Details Smart
Steel Geniuses include famous entrepreneurs such as John D. Rockefeller, Henry Ford, Ray Kroc, Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Mark Zuckerberg.
Related to “Winter” energy, all of these people focused on their strengths in systems and in managing data. They ignored those who criticized them for not having better social skills or being more sensitive.
They didn’t worry that they often liked being alone and often did their best work when locked away. They just kept focused on finding smarter ways to do things through their systems, because they were best at answering the question, “How?”
Steels lead through systems-driven leadership. As Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonalds said, ““The quality of a leader is reflected in the standards they set for themselves.”
Discover which of the four geniuses you are by taking the free genius test at mygeniustest.com. Then test your team, and support each of your employees to follow their genius.
As the saying goes, “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
Roger James Hamilton, author of The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Plan to Financial Success (Business Plus, 2014), was born in Hong Kong and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge University. He became an entrepreneur before leaving college; he estimates the cost of his entrepreneur education was far greater than his academic education, losing many millions through his failures before achieving success. Today he owns and runs businesses in publishing, property, event management, resort management, training, coaching, mentoring and online education.
Behind all of Roger James Hamilton's companies and content is his mission of "World Wide Wealth": The power to grow our flow individually and collectively. Roger believes we each have the power to develop our own financial literacy to grow our own wealth, from which we then have the power to help those around us.
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