What type of leader do you have the potential to be?

What type of leader do you have the potential to be?

The Jyre 9 Leader Types

What are your strengths? What about your weaknesses, or “gaps”? And how does the unique pattern of these create your distinct style of leadership?

Each of the nine Jyre leader types has a unique way of leading and inspiring those around them. The below explanations can help you decide your aspirational leader types.

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The Innovator

“Do not fear mistakes. There are none.”

Miles Davis – Jazz musician

Innovators are willing to think the unthinkable, make connections others miss, good at anticipating how the world may change and are willing to make bold, game-changing decisions, even at the risk of failure or seeming foolish.

The Entrepreneurial leader


“It was so hard to get a record deal on my own that it was either give up or create my own company.”

Jay Z – Music, recording, clothing, sports agency

Entrepreneurial leaders are great at spotting the potential in situations and have the network of contacts, personal resourcefulness and determination to follow through and turn possibilities into reality.

The Executional leader


“Done is better than perfect”

Sheryl Sandberg – Business leader, author

The Executional leader is focused and driven to achieve great results. They will work tirelessly on a challenging task until it is completed, galvanising and driving the efforts of others, often with little or no regard for relationships or workplace politics.

The Practical Leader


“It is far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price.”

Warren Buffet – Investor

Practical leaders are great at translating strategy into practical results, with a strong feel for what will work in the real world. They balance the short-term with the long-term, bringing a sustained focus on improving the quality, reliability and effectiveness of whatever they are leading.

The Strategist


“The financial service industry is a service industry. It should service others before itself.”

Christine Lagarde. MD, IMF

Strategists provide clarity to people and organisations. They are valued for their judgement, their wisdom about what is going on and their insight about what needs to happen to move a difficult task forward, unstick a relationship, or handle a tricky people situation.

The Servant leader


“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear”

Nelson Mandela – Statesman, South Africa

The Servant Leader gets their own ego out of the way and focuses on the team and organisation around them. They pull people together around shared goals, recognise and play to people’s strengths and inspire teams to perform strongly. Many come to personify the team, to embody its core values and identity.

The Transformational Leader


“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”

Steve Jobs – Apple

Transformational leaders are great at leading people and organisations through change. Some deliver change in processes, products and structures, but the best are just good at changing beliefs, mind-sets and culture.

The Charismatic leader


“Don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”

Michelle Obama – Former First Lady, lawyer and writer

Charismatic leaders seem to pull people towards them – who are drawn by their inner convictions and vision. The best create inspiration, energy and change for people, generating a sense of possibilities and potential.

The Professional


“Always be more than you appear and never appear to be more than you are.”

Angela Merkel – Politician, Germany

Professionals are known for their commitment to mastery of their chosen subjects and their determination to deliver on whatever personal commitments they make. They work with great energy, drive and focus in the service of others.

3 thoughts about you and leadership

3 thoughts about you and leadership

The Solo and Viewpoints reports helps you tune into yourself and understand your strengths, gaps and potential better. It will give you fresh insights into how your unique pattern of strengths means you are suited to make particular leadership contributions.


Are you a leader?

You might not think about yourself as a leader, but Jyre wants to challenge this thinking. Our simple idea is that everybody leads at different times in their lives and in different situations. And we believe that life does significantly improve for people who become better leaders and for those they lead: work life, home life. social life, maybe even your love life

When we, and the people around us lead well, magic happens. We feel more confident, connected and compelled to step up. We get things done more easily. Day to day experiences are more enjoyable. There’s less friction or wasted time.

We care more.

We feel better.

We are better.

So the question whether you have the title ‘leader’ in your job description matters much less than the pattern of your actions and the qualities of your character.


3 things to know about leading

People follow people

Leadership is a personal thing. We follow people because of who they are and what they stand for. And this means others will follow you because of who you are rather than what you know or are good at doing. Jyre will help you understand and value your strengths and so be clearer and more confident about who you are as a leader.

Develop through strengths

Effective leadership learning does not come from focusing on your weaknesses. Just as the best athletes understand what disciplines they are suited to, so Jyre will help you understand what contribution your strengths naturally suit you to. Building on these strengths will be a more effective route to development than trying to cover off your gaps, becoming something you are not. Development is not about closing gaps.

Mind the gap

No-one is good at everything, no-one has strengths in every area, and we all have gaps in the pattern of our strengths. A gap risks becoming a liability if you ignore it. But rather than trying to turn a gap into a strength, why not get better at spotting and valuing others whose natural strengths can provide cover for your gaps.


Read more about the Jyre 9 Leader types in the next article: What type of leader do you have the potential to be?

Leadership Aspirations

Jyre – developing yourself and your team

Leadership Aspirations

Your personal aspirations

The message behind Jyre is simple:

We believe the world would be a better place if everyone found the confidence to be the leader they have the inner potential to be.

Jyre is about helping you find and develop your identity as a leader. Helping you to be the best leader you can be.

One way to do this is to start off thinking about your inspirations and aspirations

Your inspirations?

(5 minute reflection)

Have a think about how important being a leader is to you…
How is it important in your work? In your personal life? In your family life?
Why is it important to you or not important?

Who do you look on as a leader who inspires you? Think about famous leaders, but also think about people closer to home — a colleague, a boss, teacher, neighbour, friend, family member. What is it about them that inspires you?

Your aspirations

By thinking about your aspirations in Jyre, you will begin to think about yourself in the context of leadership. This introduces you to the 9 leadership types, which will become very familiar over the course of your journey.

You are asked to select two of the 9 leadership types as your aspirations:

Do some of these feel more natural to you?

Can you imagine yourself fitting into this leader type?

Or perhaps one of them seems to describe a leader you know who inspires you

Does one stick out as exciting to you?

If this is the first time you have really considered yourself as a leader, or thought about different types of leadership, you may not know what your aspirations are at this stage. Don’t worry — this stage is mainly about tuning you in to our way of thinking about leadership and helping you begin to find your identity as a leader.


Guide your team on a powerful developmental journey, creating a team that combines strong performance with personal growth and learning.

You will be guided through a series of sprints and sessions that weave together 3 strands:
  • your own personal journey
  • your team colleagues’ individual journeys through Jyre
  • your team development process
There are comprehensive resources to guide you through each stage, all accessed through the Jyre platform.
More connected

Viewpoints, how others see me?

Learn how others see you and the impact you have on the people around you.
This practical experience is backed by insights from the new science of human performance and flourishing, brought straight into your laptop and mobile phone.
More skillful

Individual Insight

What are my strengths? What are my gaps? How can I use them to be best in my role?
Highly effective

Understand the team and how to get the best from each-other

What are our strengths as a team? What do we want and need to develop to be a high performing and motivated group?
For individuals and the team

Structured development beyond three months

Jyre guides you and your team through a individual and collective journey. 2500+ hours of digital coaching sessions, with Jyre guiding you through tablet, mobile and laptop.
Our commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to make that feel like time well-invested.


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Built on 25 years of insight

Built on 25 years of coaching insight, CharacterScope is like having a great leadership coach always available to you, guiding your development day by day

The foundation of CharacterScope comes from the coaching team at The Thinking Partnership. They have been guiding and coaching leaders for more than 25 years, week-in, week-out. Sitting alongside people helping them grapple with challenges, complexity and opportunities, helping them grow and develop. Often these people have not thought of themselves as leaders, just as people trying to get things to happen, sometimes routine, sometimes exciting.

Their key insights? First, that everyone has the capacity to lead. In fact everyone leads in different aspects of their life, even if they don’t call it leadership. Second, that everyone can develop.


Making coaching accessible to everyone

But we also know that face to face coaching is expensive and hard to access. Which means that many people don’t reach their full leadership potential.

So we developed CharacterScope to make leadership development accessible for anyone who wants to shape their own future. It draws on our experience and psychological insight as leadership coaches to design the CharacterScope development journey to engage and guide you.


Helping you create habits

As much as we may wish for development to happen at the click of our fingers, the reality is that making long-lasting change can be difficult. We are creatures of habit, and forming new ones is not easy. Doing it self-supported is even more challenging.

That’s why these posts are here to help you, to provide insight and inspiration. In return for your engagement with us you have our commitment to continue to improve CharacterScope to make it as good as it can be. 

Our aim

So that’s our ultimate aim with CharacterScope: to help create a world of people willing to lead, confident in their direction and motivated to develop.

To find out more about choosing your aspirations with CharacterScope click here.

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In 1938 the medical director at Harvard University, Arlie Bock, conceived of a project that he hoped would move medicine beyond the realm of treating sickness and into understanding how to live well.

He persuaded a wealthy patron, W. T. Grant to fund a research programme, and in the early 1940’s started tracking two cohorts of young men: the first, undergraduates at Harvard, the second, young men coming from the some of the poorest areas locally in Boston. He had high hopes for his study, but tracking people over decades is complex and the study nearly ground to a halt many times.

Yet somehow it survived and it has steadily uncovered deep truths and insights into the human condition. In this TED talk delivered by the current director of the programme, Robert Waldinger delivers the messages from 75 years of study with warmth and a calm wisdom.

In an era of Big Data and immediate satisfaction, open yourself to what humanity has learned about itself by persevering and staying open-minded to the reality of how human lives unfold across the decades.


Robert Waldinger website.

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