Adapting Your Leadership Style: The Four Behavior Styles and How to Make Them Work for You
Many theories of management and styles of leadership exist. In the end, none of them are right and none of them are wrong. Different people respond better to different styles of leadership. To be a truly skilled leader, you must become aware of the needs of your staff and adapt your leadership style to nurture the most productivity in your workers. This program will assess your personal leadership style and apply and practice tools for building connections with employees, running productive meetings and enhancing employee motivation.
The four styles are:
- Relator - Stable, dependable, orderly. Slow down and build step-by-step.
- Socializer - Enthusiastic, expressive, optimistic. Speed up and have fun.
- Thinker - Cautious, perfectionist, critical, systematic. Slow down and be right.
- Director - Decisive, strong-willed, independent. Speed up and talk business.
Leaders need to have great qualities in order to be effective. They should model the behaviors they want to see in others. They should demonstrate integrity and credibility at all times, take action when it matters and stand up for themselves and for others. Leaders should treat every employee as an individual and communicate with passion and conviction. They should strive to make their message optimistic, yet realistic and use inclusive language like "we" versus "I."
Leaders should share power, information, and responsibility. They can encourage celebration of milestones, accomplishments, and wins in order to give recognition to those who deserve it. They recognize effort and initiatives as well as tangible success. Finally, a good leader will foster collaboration between individuals and teams.