Understanding the Idealist Leadership Style
Idealists are high-energy achievers who believe in the positive potential of everyone around them. They want to learn and grow, and they want everyone else to do the same. They’re often charismatic and draw others to them with their intuition and idealism. They’re open-minded and prize creativity from themselves and others.
Working for Idealists offers the chance to be creative and express oneself. It offers the chance to have an equal voice and learn by doing. Working for the Idealist often provides a very democratic experience. There isn’t as much process and structure as with some other leaders (like Stewards) and that can be a plus or minus depending on the employee. Idealists can often be found doing creative work, brainstorming around a table with like-minded individuals. For the appropriate people, it’s a great situation.
Famous Idealists include Tony Hsieh (CEO of Zappos) and Meg Whitman (CEO of Hewlett-Packard).