Strategies & styles in leadership
A. understand different leadership styles;
B. identify your preferred leadership style;
C. learn how you could evolve as a leader and develop your strategy by mixing different leadership approaches.
There is no such thing as a born leader. Leadership is an acquired attribute that begins early in school and on the playground. As time goes on, education, jobs, and life experiences shape a leader's philosophy and psychology.
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A good manager might know the business and the company in detail, however, if he/she cannot inspire others failure could be around the corner. Motivated employees are one of the most important results of effective leadership. Successful leaders get people help accomplish any goal. Accomplishing goals, however, is not enough to keep employees motivated.
Helping employees accomplish their own personal and career goals is an important part of motivation. The more motivated the followers, the more effective the leader; the more effective the leader, the more motivated the followers.
There is no best leadership style. The same manager can effectively use a variety of leadership styles depending on the competence and commitment of individual employees.
Harvard Business Review study (2000) that involved over 3,000 middle-level managers discovered that a manager’s leadership style was responsible for 30% of the company’s bottom-line profitability.
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TIPS AND TRICKS:
How can you develop your leadership styles? Here are 6 steps you can follow:
Step 1. Identify your preferred leadership style
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Step 2. Identify and develop your strengths
Even though you have a preferred leadership style, you most probably have other valuable skills too. You may ask your colleagues what they think are the best things about your leadership. Playing to your strengths is important!
Step 3. Work on your weaknesses
You now need to think about, and develop, the styles that you are less good at. Watching and learning from others is a very good way to learn new leadership styles. At first, when you try something that you have watched somebody else do, it will feel like ‘copying’ and may feel unnatural, but do persevere. Like an actor, you will need to rehearse your new role until it comes naturally.
Step 4. Draw on others
As you work on the development of your leadership styles, you can draw on others in your team to step up when necessary. Note who in your team has the skills and styles that you find particularly hard, and encourage them to take the lead when their style is more appropriate than yours. The best leaders create other leaders, not followers.
Step 5. Do something different
Think about which style you find hardest. Think about how you would say things if you were working in that style and practice saying them that way. Find ways which still sound like you, but in that style. For example, some people find it easier to give commands if they make them sound humorous. It is about recognising your starting point, as well as where you want to end up.
Step 6. Seek feedback
Ask others to give you feedback about how it felt when you behaved in different ways. It may be difficult to hear some of what they say, so don’t ask unless you really want to know and remember not to take it personally. Accept it and decide whether you want to act on it or not.
• Everybody can develop leadership qualities!
• There is a number of different leadership styles and none of them is the best
• Every leader should recognize their dominant leadership style
• Understanding the other leadership styles and using them when necessary helps evolve as an effective leader
• It is advisable to use more than one leadership style in the workplace to develop the staff and draw out their very best efforts. In this way, you will find they draw out the very best in you, too.
THINK OF SOME ANSWERS TO THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:
• What kind of leader are you?
• Think of your closest colleague - do you see what leadership style he/she could easily apply? Is it different from your preferred style?
• How can you evolve as a leader?