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4 Weeks


About the Course


There are Five Critical Leadership Styles or Archetypes you must have to make any enterprise function.   

WHAT you do.  These are PRODUCERS.  The ability to be functional.

HOW you do it. These are ADMINISTRATORS.  The ability to be efficient.

WHY you do it.  These are ENTREPRENEURS.  The ability to be proactive.

WHO does it.  These are INTEGRATORS.  The ability to bring people together.

WHEN it gets done. These are PRAGMATISTS or DIPLOMATS.  The ability to be realistic and practical.

This post is about The Pragmatist or The Diplomat.  

When I was a senior in high school, one of my best friends literally said to his mother:

Please don't talk to me, I don't know you.  

No,  I don't care if you held me at birth. I have no clue who you are”

I thought he was joking.  He was not.  

I’m sure he celebrates January 2nd, known as  World Introvert Day.  Why January 2nd?  It marks the end of the holiday season and allows introverts to take a breather from social gatherings.

This was the brainchild of German psychologist Felicitas Heyne.  She wrote a blog post in 2011 Here's Why We Need a World Introvert Day.  

And now its a thing.  Good for her.


Here is a classic Pragmatist.  Albert Einstein had sixty nominations, for the Nobel prize, over ten years.  Most of them for relativity,

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences had repeatedly rejected him.  Only in 1922 did finally give him the prize, though not for his theory of relativity. 

The Nobel prize committee blocked him because 

1. They couldn’t comprehend relativity theory.  Einstein was theorist.  He never did experiments.

2. He was a Jew.  Not popular at the time.  He was also a pacifist. Also not very popular.

For Einstein, the award meant little to him by the time he received it, except for the money he had promised his wife Mileva in their divorce agreement. 

He never attended his award ceremony nor delivered a lecture to the Swedish Academy on the topic of relativity.

Einstein was the classic Pragmatist.  The diplomat.

Pragmatists are introverted though they are people oriented.  They crave certainty, they dislike risk. They are calm, steady, grounded, realistic, and amiable.  But they always let others take the lead.

They prefer communicating one on one, rather than in a group.

While they appear to be quiet and reserved, their internal world is deep and rich. They don’t like emotion, chaos or disorder.  They tend to be unstructured and people oriented. 

People often don’t know what they’re thinking or feeling. They are the epitome of being stoic.  

They communicate in a patient, thoughtful way. People find them safe

and easy to talk to. 

They often are the voice of reason.

They are great listeners. They don't like to be rushed in their decision making. They get very quiet around extroverts or anyone who speaks loudly or talks fast.

To make decisions they need time to put thought into it. They don’t like to be rushed.  Their decisions rely on themselves and their past knowledge. 

They prefer to share decision making with one person rather than a group.

Their greatest gift is they are the Voice of Reason.  They are down to earth and pragmatic about what can be done.

Their deepest wound is losing their voice.  This is in all areas of their life.  

They believe that what they have to say does not matter.  They tend to not ask for what they want or need.

They rarely speak up in groups, especially with people they don't know.



To be more Personally Productive embrace change. Find your voice in all matters of your life. Step out in front when you feel comfortable and share your thoughts. 

Before going into a meeting where you need consensus, create prior agreements with each member to mitigate chaos or disorder. .

The keys to your Personal Growth is to find a way to process long dormant emotions that can be triggered by others.  

Learn how to manage uncertainty.  The quality of your life will be in direct proportion of the amount of uncertainty you can live with at any

given time.

The challenge in working with a team is that you dislike conflict. You prefer harmony over problem solving. 

You never like to be out front.  You allow the most dominant person take charge, even if you know the decisions are bad.

When working with Pragmatists:

  • Focus on their strengths: They can be good listeners and make observations that others might miss.

  • Create boundaries: Pragmatists have difficulty setting boundaries, so it's important to help them create them.

  • Pragmatists can be great mentors because they are good listeners and observers, and can provide valuable advice to aspiring leaders.

  • Give them time: Pragmatists can be great decision-makers because they listen and reflect.  They are calm and composed when facing challenges.

  • Delegate individual tasks and projects: Delegating tasks can help pragmatists, especially remote workers,  engage more with colleagues.

  • Don't make assumptions. Don't assume anything about your pragmatists. 

  • Meet with them one-on-one. Consistently

  • Don't ask their opinions on the spot.  Give them time to process information.

  • Be mindful of the pragmatists and don't ignore them. 

This Post is about the Pragmatist. 

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Your Instructor

Camilla Jones

Camilla Jones

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