Is Dominant Leadership Better?

There is a school of thought that anything but strong, dominant leadership limits the chances for success.

Jim Collins – “Good to Great” suggests that sustainable success has been achieved by a more consultative, S-style leadership.

However, case studies like Moses and Aaron and the outcomes of their action tend to prolong the debate about the value of dominance as a leadership strategy.

Moses’ Dominant-style seems to have worked better in getting “followers” to remain true to the game plan than Aaron’s Influencer-style. Aaron allowed the people to talk him into allowing them to create man-made Gods.

On the other hand, Moses showed strength and firm leadership to put down the Dathan, Abiram rebellion.

Does that make the D-style “better”? No, each style works best in given situations and terribly in others.

Dealing with Dominant Behaviour

Another tip in relating to the Dominant behavioral style is to recognize the tendency to speak in animated tones.

This may come across as forcefulness and even aggression. Look past that and deal with the facts.

Body language notwithstanding you can in fact can your point heard and even accepted – if your argument is sufficiently compelling.

Challenged dealing with the Dominant behavioral style?

Play a central role in their goal attainment. You will be seen in a totally different light – positively.