What kind of charity leader are you?


Some might call you bureaucratic, but you prefer ‘task-oriented’.

You are a

Your traits:
Organised, structured, rigid

Your celebrity example:
Florence Nightingale

Before Florence the British hospitals in the Crimean War were disorganised and dirty. It is considered her leadership through the introduction of rules and processes around hygiene helped save many men’s lives.

Some might call you bureaucratic, but you prefer ‘task-oriented’. You’re in control and your authority derives from ‘the book’, ‘the law’, ‘the rules’. Others might not like it, but you know that where risk is involved and attention to detail is required, your knowledge is vital to success. The structures you put in place make sure everybody knows their role, but you need to make sure they don’t make people feel trapped or you may find yourself with a problem with morale.

With their focus on process, procedural leaders find it hard to react to changing circumstances. Perhaps paying more attention to your relationships with your team, rather than the task at hand, might help you be more flexible.

Remember that every charity is different and there are no right answers to leadership. Some techniques are more appropriate in certain contexts than others. Whatever your leadership style, it’s important to remember that the best leaders inspire, motivate and make others feel good about themselves.