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Leadership Podcast: Pollock or Rockne, What’s Your Leadership Style?

When you teach, you sometimes for dichotomies, exaggerate distinctions. I think the distinction between Jackson Pollock and Knute Rockne as presented in the two videos I showed the other day (featured yesterday) carry a very strong message.  In a real way, they give us a classical distinction between looseness and control, two styles, not only for approaching the world but also for approaching leadership—each style lacking a bit. In the podcast below I examine the importance of defining your leadership style.

In no way do I think this is anything more than an exercise.  I realize these are snippets and not reflections of their whole character.  As presented in the videos, an interesting distinction for people to think about.  Where would you put yourself on the continuum?

Please listen here: Leadership Styles: Pollock or Rockne

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Jackson Pollock or Knute Rockne: How Do You Lead?

Sometimes visualizing is the best exercise for you to reflect on your own leadership. Who are you like? Jackson Pollack or Knute Rockne? Who do you want to run your organization? Never mind that, who would you like running your life? While seeming frivolous, there is more about this than meets the eye.

Here are two fundamentally different approaches, the “go with the flow” if you’ll pardon the pun, or “stay on top of it and keep it moving.” These two distinctions are much more inherent to management theory and are great starting points to thinking about what type of manager you are. It also is a great starting point to thinking about how you manage your life. Who do you relate to more?

Jackson Pollock discusses his style and easy flow:

Knute Rockne get’s his players ready to do what they do best: