I’ve mentioned before how my role affords me the chances to study various leadership styles at close quarters. As I hone my own abilities as a leader and mentor, I consider these glimpses my most rich sources of learning.
Some months ago, I posted a tool, a simple online questionnaire by which to gauge one’s collaborative style. There are no right or wrong answers and the result that you draw is indicative of your personal style. That said, all 4 archetypes – the Prime Mover, the Seeker, the Catalyst, and the Amplifier – are needed, to take teamwork forward effectively.
Knowing your type allows you to hone and perfect your teamwork style, to make you the most effective collaborator you can be. Recognising what category other people conform to helps in managing the various personalities in your team more effectively and enabling the betterment of everyone’s productivity.
Today, I thought I’d share more about the Prime Mover archetype with you.
Prime Movers are those persons, whose commitment to something bigger than themselves, provides them with the endurance to get through anything, and inspires others to also adopt that quest as their own. Without their passion, or perseverance to realise the future, companies and employees would experience a lack of fulfilment, leaving them disoriented, unchallenged, confused, and uninspired.
I’m sure you can immediately cite examples of such energising leaders – my main example of a Prime Mover is invariably Dhirubhai Ambani. His ideas were always big, but rooted in practicality.
The first office of Reliance Commercial Corporation was a 350 sq. ft. room with one telephone, one table, three chairs and two office assistants. The legendary growth of his business since then, was fuelled by many people, and that was made possible by a detail-driven strategy, led from the front by his vision.
If you’ve drawn the result of Prime Mover from taking the Collaborative Scorecard survey, then you possess the skills to lead a team from the front, to be the one they turn to for clarity and decisions. You cut through ambiguity, and present your team mates with a clear, actionable way ahead that they can trust in and follow – resulting in a constant forward momentum. Essentially, you are/will be linchpin that holds your team together.
Closer to my sphere of work and influence, I knew I’d met a Prime Mover, when a client’s brief to me was a single line, “I want the best office in Bombay.” That one sentence gave me volumes of insight into how to manage the commission. Prime Movers always have grand vision, but insist on very exacting standards, in this case, a tight rein on budgets… Once you identify those boundaries, what you design, and how you achieve it, is your choice.
Recognising this at an early stage allowed me, to not view the client’s bullet-point instructions as constraints, but instead see them as perimeters within which my team and I could exercise our creativity feely. The results were reflected in the client’s delight with the finished job.
Do take the survey here to know your collaborative style is. I’ve found it a very useful tool to gauge people and make the adjustments needed to achieve optimal results in my team relationships. I’d also love to know who you regard as Prime Movers, and why they fit that bill, especially the ones who’ve touched your life directly.