We are surrounded by a variety of books and articles on the topic of leadership. Many have highlighted benefits of studying the behavior of high-impact people – CEOs, Presidents, and/or people from your own organization – in building your own leadership capabilities.
While I enjoy reading and learning new tactics, I firmly believe that benefits of mimicking effective leaders are short-term, especially if their style is different than your natural leadership style. Different people practice leadership in different ways due to different perspectives, priorities, values, and preferences. Additionally, the leadership frame may change based on the context of the situation.
Most profound and practical way to be an effective leader is to build upon basic natural leadership style and to draw on strengths.