We all tend to fit one of seven types of change leader, each of which indicates a different mix of leading with Head, Heart, or Hands. The third change leader type is the Executer; she’s all about leading with the Hands.

Chang leaders with an Executer style are, above all, task focused. They enjoy providing helpful technical information, and they make exceptional project managers. They do their homework, push others to set high performance standards, and use resources wisely. Most people see Executers as reliable, although at times they may get bogged down in details and data. Executers also neglect the big picture at times and are prone to overlooking the need for positive team dynamics.

If you’re an Executer, you are focused on the process of change. You pay attention to project planning, and you lay out the time frames and resources necessary to accomplish objectives during the change process. You’re dependable, systematic, and efficient. Yet you may fall prey to a change-by-checklist approach, doing things “right” but not necessarily doing the right things. You may benefit from making time to look at the forest, not just the trees. You want to make sure you’re working toward the end goal of a change project, not just hitting immediate tactical objectives. You’ll also benefit from paying attention to the people along with the process, and making an effort to engage those around you.

Your strengths as an Executor are that you usually:

However, as an Executor, you may also have the tendency to:

Although your strengths mean that you are often seen as a dependable, efficient, and meticulous planner, your systematic planning may cause you to be viewed as shortsighted, data-bound, or simply too cautious. When you have a full understanding of these facets of your leadership style, you can go about maximizing the good and minimizing the weak spots.