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Pragmatist. Idealist. Steward. Diplomat. What is YOUR Leadership Style?

Leadership is about the needs of the people that we lead.

A leadership style is to be adapted to the particular demands of the situation, the particular requirements of the people involved and the particular challenges facing the organization.


What is YOUR leadership style?

Tech CEO or World leader?

Creative or rigid?

People first or goals first?

Mark Murphy, author and expert  on organizational leadership, as a result of years of research, comes up with four fundamental leadership styles:

The Pragmatist

  • Pragmatists have high standards; they expect themselves, and their people to meet those standards
  • Driven, competitive, bold thinkers, unafraid
  • Accounts for 8-12% of leaders
  • Working for pragmatists:
    • Not for the faint-of-heart but the opportunities to learn and become expert under tremendous
    • Offers the potential for exceptional intellectual growth, but also for burnout and criticism.
  • Examples – Jeff Bezos – CEO, Amazon & Marissa Mayer – CEO, Yahoo!

The Idealist

  • 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 on the team to do the same.
  • Charismatic, drawing others to them with their intuition and idealism & open-minded
  • Working for Idealists:
    • Offers the chance to be creative and to express oneself.
    • Provides a very democratic experience.
  • Accounts for about 15-20% of leaders.
  • Examples – Tony Hsieh – CEO, Zappos & Meg Whitman – CEO, HP

The Steward

  • Stewards are the rocks of organizations, dependable, loyal and helpful
  • Provide a stabilizing and calming force for their people
  • They value rules, process and cooperation.
  • Working for Stewards:
    • Offers the chance to be part of a well-oiled machine.
    • One finds security, consistency and cohesion and provides great opportunities for team success.
  • This style accounts for about 15-20% of leaders
  • Examples – Mother Teresa & Ginni Rometty – CEO, IBM

The Diplomat

  • Diplomats prize interpersonal harmony – social glue and affiliative force that keeps groups together.
  • They are kind, social, and giving, and typically build deep personal bonds with their people.
  • Able to resolve conflicts peacefully and for avoiding conflicts in the first place!
  • Working for Diplomats:
    • is often more fun and social than working for other leaders
    • They focus on putting their people in positions that leverage their strengths in order to achieve success.
  • Account for around 50-60% of leaders.
  • Examples – Gandhi, Sheryl Sandberg – COO, Facebook

There is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ style. Some leadership styles work better with different groups of people and in different situations.

If you would like to see which style you resonate with, please take this free leadership styles assessment.


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A Community feeling makes Countries Happiest :-)

The care of human life and happiness…is the only legitimate object of good government – Thomas Jefferson, 1809

Everyone wants to be happy including countries – they are looking at happiness as an indicator of national well-being and considering happiness in their policies.

Who are these happiest countries? What makes them happy?


For the World Happiness Report, researchers ranked countries based on factors including healthy life expectancy, social support, GDP per capita, the happiness of a country’s children, social capital, the civil economy, the absence of corruption, and subjective well-being. They find that the happiest countries are those that build stronger social ties and a strong sense of community.

  1. Switzerland – this year’s happiest country, ranks above average in subjective well-being, jobs and earnings, income and wealth, health status, social connections, environmental quality, education and skills, and personal security. There’s also a strong sense of community in Switzerland, where 96 percent of people believe that they know someone they could rely on in time of need.
  2. Iceland – Ranks at the top in jobs and earnings, and above average in social connections, subjective well-being, health status, environmental quality, personal security, civic engagement, and education and skills. Icelanders also measure among the highest in general satisfaction with life, rating an average of 7.5 on a 10 points scale
  3. Denmark – Last year’s happiest country, Denmark takes the third spot this year. The top country in work-life balance, with only two percent of employees reporting working very long hours, Denmark also ranks above average in environmental quality, civic engagement, education and skills, jobs and earnings, income and wealth, and personal security.
  4. Norway is a well-rounded country, rating well in almost all the dimensions measured, with strong civic engagement, good social connections, environmental quality, housing, work-life balance, and more. A higher than average 82 percent of adults aged 25-64 have completed upper secondary education.
  5. Canada – Canadians are healthy and happy. With 89 percent of people reporting being in good health,  Canada also has the lowest rate in assaults, with just 1.3 percent of people reported falling victim over the previous 12 months.
  6. Finland – Rates well in subjective well-being, civic engagement, environmental quality, housing, work-life balance, and social connections. The country also places a strong emphasis on education.
  7. Netherlands – ranks above the average in work-life balance, jobs and earnings, housing, income and wealth, education, subjective well-being, health, and social connections. The country also has a strong sense of community and high levels of civic participation. Over 90 percent of people believe they know someone they could rely on in time of need, and voter turnout during recent elections was 75 percent.
  8. Sweden – The top ranking country in environmental quality, Sweden also ranks above average in education, work-life balance health status, jobs, and housing. When it comes to civic engagement, Sweden has a high 86 percent voter turnout.
  9. New Zealand – New Zealand scored the highest in health with considerably lower than average tiny air pollutant particles and 89 percent of whose citizens report being satisfied with the quality of their water. New Zealand also rank well in civic engagement, personal security, education, jobs, and subjective well-being.
  10. Australia – Australia ranked at the top in civic engagement and above average in environmental quality. 92 percent of people believe they know someone they could rely on in time of need. The country also has high subjective well-being, health status, education, and jobs. Voter turnout in Australia was an impressive 93 percent during recent elections, a figure that is attributed to the fact that voting is compulsory in Australia.

The same logic holds good for companies – happiest companies are those that foster a sense of community – a community that we belong to, a community that we respect and that respects us and a community about which we can talk about with pride.

Do our people believe that they belong to the Happiest Minds’ Community?

How are we enabling that community feeling?

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I want to live a life of GRATITUDE.

I have seen and learnt that gratitude creates more gratitude.

It grows…and grows…and grows…

Lori Portka worked for nearly two years to make 100 paintings for 100 people who had a “positive impact” on her life.

Her intent was to consciously give the gift of time, love and creativity to those who touched and influenced her life.


The hundred people included her family, friends, authors, musicians, teachers and even her car mechanic.

Some were people she interacted with on a daily basis; others she had never met in person.

At Happiest Minds, we believe Gratitude is a Ritual and we would like to start all of our meetings with an expression of gratitude.


We believe that Happiness is the experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude. ~ Denis Waitley

To express Gratitude, to acknowledge, appreciate or recognize fellow Happiest Minds, family or friends, we use the SMILES Card that are available with the Security at every building.

Let us express gratitude.

Let us live a life of gratefulness.

A single thank-you can create a hundred thank-you’s.


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I choose to be Happy.

Sometimes life seems to go just right for us.

Harmony. Opportunities. Abundance.

When everything is in alignment, it is easy to have a spring in our step and a smile on our face. It is easy to be happy.

But, how can we be happy when everything is not going very well?

Disharmony. Crisis. Lack.


A 2015 study of Harvard’s Class of 1980 revealed that happiness comes from

  • choosing to be happy with whatever one does;
  • strengthening our closest relationships; and
  • exercising more to maintain our health.

It takes practice to have a spring in our step and a smile on our face!

It takes practice to Choose, Strengthen, Exercise.

It takes practice to be HAPPY.

Happiness is….a Conscious Choice.