Let’s talk about the Orange Leadership style in this post. Also, if you are not sure what in the world I’m talking about with True Colors, click here.

The Orange temperament (#personalitytype) tends to be flexible, easy-going, and naturally open to change. In fact, they are often the ones who cause it. They are rarely bogged down with the struggles of life. Not that they don’t have struggles, it’s just that they choose not to allow the burdens to affect them as deeply as other temperaments might. The phrase “keep it moving” is likely coined by a person of the Orange temperament.

Let’s be 100% clear. The Orange True Colors’ temperament does indeed have feelings.  They may not show them often nor to everyone (unless their second color is Blue).  Still, their feelings can be hurt, but they tend to be emotionally resilient and on to the next thing before the “hurt” sets in. Again, they keep it moving.

The Orange leadership style utilizes the True Colors typology to define how leaders with the Orange temperament may guide workplace teams. The Orange leader is action-oriented, driven by adventure, and prefers the freedom to act outside of traditional leadership norms.

Does this sound like you? Okay, then I’ll talk directly to you from now on.

The Orange leadership style...

The Orange Chief and Rules.

Rules may seem the bane of your existence. In your opinion, creativity should trump rule books and freedom should come before structure.

You may believe people perform best when they are able to establish their own processes and ways of work. Remember, not everyone operates this way. Some temperaments may need what you would consider a bit of “hand-holding”.

Let me use my “I” voice here. This is one of the biggest struggles I have as a leader. I often get so task-oriented I do’t feel the need for “check-ins” and meetings.

Remember the scene in “Devil loves Prada” when Miranda shared she was having a life-altering challenge and sweet Andy asked “Is there anything I can do?”

Miranda replied: “Yes, your job.” That’s a very Orange Leader answer!

I’m not saying Miranda is so much the Orange temperament, but I think many Orange leaders can relate to the statement she made.

Generally speaking, the Orange leader sets the standard or expectation as most leaders do but likely expects the team member to develop the process themselves.  Bored with such details, they may feel an “I should not have to tell you how to do it” type sentiment.  Remember they are the  “Just do it” people.

The Orange Leadership style likes to Win!

This leader tends to be competitive and wants their team to be the best and reach it’s goals quickly. Waiting on them to figure it out (or coaching them) could bring about a bit of stress.

As I mention in my True Colors™ workshops in Kansas City, ability and preference are two different things. It’s not that any color “cannot” do something. You just prefer to do them in a specific way.

Oranges can wait; it’s just that it is not what you want to do – unless they absolutely have to do so.

Doing a million things at once comes naturally to you (if you are an Orange), but sometimes gets you in a world of trouble. You may drop a few “balls” along the way. But, that’s okay, because you’re a natural problem-solver and can quickly recoup the process…often without anyone else knowing.

Orange Boss, take it easy while directing your staff.

As you lead your team, allow them (the team) to define and express their own comfort level as it relates to tasks and workload. They may not feel comfortable operating at your manic pace. So, let them set their own deadlines, when possible.

You are likely to take on many projects and be in danger of completing none. This can frustrate your team. In fact, this can frustrate you!

Remember, the Green temperament (on your team and in your life) will need to probe. The Gold will want to organize and the Blues just need to connect to the vision. Bear this in mind as you deal with team members.

Speaking of tasks, Honey, you’re all in. You can be like a “dog on a bone” with a project until you feel you’re finished with it (or bored with it).

True Colors Orange

You will talk about it incessantly, read about it constantly, and work on it relentlessly. Then, you’re done and when you’re done – you’re done.

“Next!”, you might say!

But, why can’t we do that?”

Pushing boundaries is your natural bent. Being told “no” may prompt you to push harder for the sheer joy of proving something can [indeed] be done (in spite of the ‘no’ or pessimists on the team).

Again, creativity and freedom outplay the structure systems. You’ll chuck those rules in a heartbeat in order to get the job completed.

In the end, you believe anything is possible with a little “finagling” and adjustment. Those bothersome rules just seem to get in the way. Sometimes, these rules are the very ones you set yourself as an Orange Leader.

Orange Leaders are communicative…to say the least.
The Orange Manager


I’ll bet you’re a talker too, huh?

You likely most enjoy conversations that are light-hearted and amusing to some degree. You enjoy laughing and finding fun in just about everything. You often try to infuse that element of fun into most communication.  


For instance, if you’re not enjoying the topic, you likely rush to a conclusion.

My temperament brings depth to my interactions, but it does not control me. I control it.

I’ll bet you hate negativity and people to waste your time with their questions. For some Oranges, it’s easy to confuse the two as being the same. You may find their questions to be unnecessary delays.

In the end, pump the brakes as necessary. If you do, you may minimize your stress and that of your team.  You’re a great leader!

Read about what I have to say about other True Colors Managers:

Green Leader

Gold Leadership

Blue Leader Details

Orange Leadership Style





Understanding the Orange Leadership Style as defined in True Colors.

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