In his book “Hedgehogs and Foxes: Character, Leadership and Command in Organizations,” Abraham Zaleznik analyses several charismatic and successful leaders. He assesses their leadership style and asserts that leaders are either Hedgehogs who view leadership as a single-minded track driven by unwavering rules or Foxes that assess and re-evaluate their goals and strategies based on ever-changing factors in business, politics, and culture.
I like to think that, using this measure, I am a fox. I am not entirely convinced, however, that being seen as a sly, cunning, wily old fox is entirely appropriate!
Anyone care to provide an alternate metaphor?