Understanding the Pragmatist Leadership Style

Pragmatists have high standards and they expect themselves, and their employees, to meet those standards. They’re driven, competitive and they value hitting their goals above all else. They can be bold thinkers, unafraid of taking the road less travelled (even when others struggle or feel anxious). They are hard-driving and often enjoy smashing through obstacles.

Working for Pragmatists can be difficult but rewarding. Working for a Pragmatist is not for the feint-of-heart or thin-skinned, but the opportunities to learn and become expert are second-to-none. The job can sometimes feel like an apprenticeship to a master artist or professor. It offers the potential for exceptional intellectual growth but also for burnout and criticism. For Pragmatists, bottom-line results can sometimes outpace softer measures like employee engagement. For the appropriate people, it’s a great situation.

Famous Pragmatists include Franklin D. Roosevelt, Jeff Bezos (CEO of Amazon) and Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo).

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