Working together is an essential part of effective living. To paraphrase the old proverb, it takes a village – not just to raise the child – but indeed, to keep the village alive. But collaboration doesn’t come seamlessly and naturally to most of us, it takes practice and leadership.
In my last piece, we took a look at Prime Movers, those intensely self-driven and focussed individuals that lead their teams from the front. Today, we look at the second archetype – the Seeker, and an example of a Seeker-led organisation from my client-designer experiences.
In almost direct contrast to the Prime Mover, this type of leader, while having clear, even somewhat utopian ideals, seeks to lead from within his or her team. I.e. by explaining the company’s goals to each member and stimulating them into collective movement.
I saw this style in action at my recent design-build for KBS Creations, a family-run concern that also wanted to reflect a family-like atmosphere in their office. Being part of a Seeker-type company ethos, the client’s brief was detailed about the nature of work carried out in each department, people’s roles and needs. Their brief carried the need for a Puja space from the outset, and went into as fine a detail, as the need for hot water taps for the pantry staff to wash dishes!
The Seeker realises that their team is a blend of individual strengths, biases, weaknesses and work styles and will look to get them all to interact in the best possible way. This leads to a gentler pace of leadership and a slower, collective forward movement.
That leaves 2 archetypes, the Catalyst and the Amplifier to elaborate upon. The chance to observe all these collaboration modes and constantly learn from them, is a privilege that my line of work affords me. Taking the quiz lets you know which of these 4 categories you belong to, an insight that I believe makes us all better team-mates and mentors.