Alpha Phyla

Alpha males and females come in four high-achieving flavors, each with dangerous weaknesses that can overpower its strengths.

Type

Commander

Visionary

Strategist

Executor

Archetype

Jack Welch

Richard Branson

Michael Eisner

Sam Walton

Good Side
  • Energetic
  • Decisive
  • Motivating
  • Ambitious
  • Creative
  • Inspirational
  • Intelligent
  • Objective
  • Analytical
  • Tireless
  • Disciplined
  • Demanding
Dark Side
  • Domineering
  • Intimidating
  • Uncontrollable
  • Overconfident
  • Unrealistic
  • Defensive
  • Smug
  • Pretentious
  • Unemotional
  • Impatient
  • Unreasonable
  • Unappreciative

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