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When Should Your Leadership Style Change?
Miguel A. de Jesus, Certified Professional Coach
Purpose & Action, LLC
But how do you know when your leadership style needs updated?
It might be when a new task arrives that calls for different team members or when your responsibilities shift.
You may need to change your leadership style when the company itself changes. Other reasons for change may include the fact that the needs of the project have changed and grown. Another reason why you should change your leadership style is that the one you are using is ineffective.
The first thing you need to determine is the reason for the change. Once you’ve done that, you need to determine what the right style would be. These might include:
Directive leader where you are focused on the task and emphasize a set schedule. This style is commanding and inflexible.
A supportive leader is friendly and has an open communication policy. You form relationships with your subordinates.
Participative leaders allow team members to make some of the decisions and ask for their opinions.
An achievement-oriented leader is one who set difficult goals. This style expects team members to be top performers.
Visionary leadership style creates vision and direction. They know team members’ commitment must be earned.
A pace-setting style is one where the leader is a strong role model and demonstrates standards. Pace setters do the work as well as lead others.
Coaching leadership style uses coaching to help others advance their skills and create positive work environment. They ask questions and guide the team members to find answers.
An affiliative leader creates harmony and builds good relationships. They provide regular feedback.
Democratic leaders share the problem with relevant team members to come up with solutions and alternatives.
There will be times you need to change the way you are leading others. It can be as simple as the members of the team are inexperienced and need a different type of leadership. Determining when you should change your leadership style will help you be an effective leader and stay in tune with what your project and business needs are.
Incorporate Leadership Quality Into Your Daily Routine
Effective leadership skills aren’t something you use once in a while. They are daily habits. Adopting these habits into your daily routine can help you improve your leadership skills.
Incorporating these daily leadership qualities into your daily routine affects how well you can implement them as a leader.
Communication Tips for Effective Leaders
Communication is key in any business and project. It starts at the top and filters down through each team member. Expecting your team members to be mind readers and to know what you want from them without actually telling them is a sign of poor communication.
To excel as an effective leader, you need to master the following skills:
The Next Step
As you can see, being a leader is more than just managing others. It’s a lot deeper and requires more skill than micromanaging. Leadership is a hot topic in the business world.
What distinguishes effective leaders from mediocre ones?
Although a lot of effective leadership skills are common sense, most of the skills can be learned. You can develop good listening and communication skills by working on them every day. The same can be said for many of the other qualities of an effective leader.
Effective leaders know what type of leadership style their team or project calls for. They are decisive but have a sense of humor and are creative. They spend time getting to know their team members.
The first thing for you to do when determining your leadership style is to decide on what the project calls for. Is it for experienced workers who need very little supervision? Or are the team members new and inexperienced? Have you built a relationship with the team members or is everyone new?
Building effective leadership skills takes working on every day. Mistakes happen, but if you learn from those mistakes, you can grow and become a better leader.
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