Which Sith Lord Represents Your Leadership Style?
Whether it’s the saber-swinging action or the brilliant blend of good and evil, we all have our own reason to love the Star Wars saga, and many already bought tickets for the premiere of Episode VIII The Last Jedi on December 15, 2017. But even people who don’t care at all about Star Wars can benefit from learning about some of the franchise’s most legendary characters, the Sith Lords. They might be villainous and violent, but each also has a unique work methodology as he tries to bring about the destruction of the Rebellion.
Darth Maul is a Sith Lord “well-trained in the Jedi arts,” according to Obi-Wan Kenobi when the two clash in Episode I. He’s skillful and relies on proper Jedi technique. This Sith lord is reserved, calm, and collected – making it easy for him to slip under the radar. But he doesn’t worry about being forgotten. He is driven by his work and completing the job is the only reward he needs. He takes orders and executes them quickly without question and prefers to do so on his own, knowing he is the only candidate for the job.
If you are a Darth Maul leader, you are confident in your talents because you have invested everything to be the best. You are fine working on your own, even letting the team take credit as long as the job gets done and done well. Strategic thinking comes most naturally to you, so you’ll never lose your cool under pressure – probably because you have already anticipated everything that could go wrong.
Darth Sidious (Emperor Palpatine)
Darth Sidious is our puppet master. He schemes to find his next move and isn’t afraid to lie to get there. He easily creates personal connections that go below the surface and can use those to appeal to the strongest emotions of the person. Sidious is a networker and values loyalty from his constituents, but only if they are of value to him. He knows how every system operates and who is best suited for the job, he isn’t afraid to take-out anyone no matter how loyal if they are no longer of use. Sidious plays the long game but doesn’t waste any time with what doesn’t promote his cause. He wants power above all.
If you are a Darth Sidious leader, you find fulfillment from achieving high power positions. You always have the big-picture in mind and have carefully drawn the way to achieve it. You know how things operate and can work your way into any situation. You also understand how people work, developing close friendships with just about anyone. People tend to like you and that is just fine with you.
Darth Tyranus (Count Dooku)
Count Dooku is a commanding force. His voice alone can grab attention from the room. He influences and negotiates easily. He values truth and is most transparent to those he trusts, but he will give away any information as a symbol of closeness. He is an excellent politician and everyone looks to him to rally the troops. He looks to the experts for his next move, but he is the one who grants them the power to move forward.
If you are a Darth Tyranus leader, you are the people-person. People trust you and value your opinions, knowing you will offer honest feedback. Your compliments are taken with excitement. You have a high-level of command and love to take charge in situations. While you enjoy helping people grow in their skills, you wouldn’t trust someone with no experience to do the job. You expect people to have confidence in their abilities and have the results to prove it.
Darth Vader (Anakin Skywalker)
Everyone’s favorite Sith lord has emotional roots that ground him in his purpose. He is driven by his goals and seeks “order to the galaxy.” He is an executor with an eye for detail, expecting perfection. He cuts ties quickly and easily, but also knows the only way to reach his goals is to delegate to others. He rewards generously to those who have earned it, but he also isn’t afraid to make an example out of someone who isn’t up-to-snuff.
If you are a Darth Vader leader, you know exactly what you want from each situation. You have a clearly defined purpose and you let that guide your actions. You aren’t afraid to break the rules to achieve your purpose. When it’s time to show what you are made of, you bring concrete evidence. You might enjoy using visuals and examples when instructing others. When working with others, you get frustrated easily when it’s clear they aren’t as committed as you. You don’t mind to delegate but you would never give an important task to someone you don’t trust. You enjoy being given credit for a situation and secretly want everyone to know you were the mastermind behind the project.
Some people might even be their own unique blend between two characters, or feel that all of them describe you in some way. In that case, your character hasn’t been written yet, but when they are, they will no doubt share the willpower and charisma that brought all these Sith lords to power. What’s your best practice for balancing your desires in the workplace with the needs and processes of others on the team? Let us know in the comments! May the Force be with you.