There are as many leadership styles out there as there are people to lead – each with his or her own unique style. So we’re not going to try to define them all here. But it is useful to reflect on what kind of leader you are – not to narrowly define yourself as one or other leadership ‘type’, but instead simply to help you to step back for a moment, see the bigger picture, and improve.

At Holborn Assets, we understand that as leaders it is often easy to just get on with doing with whatever it is that needs to be done to help your team to succeed. This is normal – but a bit of perspective from time to time can be helpful too. With that in mind, maybe take some time to think about the following:

How well do you know yourself?

What is the one story that your family and friends always tell about you? What does that tell you about the way that others perceive you? How does this compare with how you see yourself?

Understanding how and why you make decisions, how and why you react to different situations and what kind of working environments you work best in are fundamental to seeing more clearly what kind of leader you are. You might think you know yourself well – but once you start asking a few tough questions you might be surprised by some of the answers.

What is really important to you?

This, for us, is all about values. These are the non-negotiables in your life – the standards that you judge other people by as well yourself. They define how we act, who we hire and fire, the investments we make, the structural changes we put in place, the markets and customers we focus on. They really are at the heart of every decision you make as a businessperson and particularly as a leader – so what are they for you? Even if you’ve thought long and hard about this before – as most people building a business do – your values are always worth revisiting, because you should use them to shine an unforgiving light on how you act as a leader.

Do you know what you’re good at – and your weaknesses?

An obvious one maybe, but you need have a clear idea of where your strengths and weakness lie. Why? Because this knowledge helps to shape you into a better leader. Explicitly understanding your abilities means that you have a clearer picture of where you can delegate and where you can take the lead.

Our final piece of advice – that ties everything together – is simply to listen. Your teams, your colleagues, your business partners and your friends and family will all have plenty of ideas about what kind of leader you are. Not all of that information might be accurate, but listening to it, assimilating it and reflecting on how it can help you to improve as a leader is an incredibly valuable process.