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How to Develop Your Leadership Style

https://hbr.org/2020/11/how-to-develop-your-leadership-style

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How to Develop Your Leadership Style
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Great Leadership

Great Leadership

Great leaders inspire people to do better and develop their skills because leaders with a great leadership style can make anyone appear more competent than they actually are, and that builds confidence within the individual.

However, leaders who do have poor methods can drag down an individual with an exceptional skill set or even the whole team.

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Social Markers in the Workplace

Great leadership style is different from your own personality. It derives from the social markers that we express in the workplace.

The signals we send to others about our status fall into two categories: Power and Attractiveness.

  • Powerful markers are associated with expressions of confidence and competence along with abrasiveness and intimidation.
  • Attractive markers are related to expressions of agreeableness and likability but also diffidence and submissiveness.

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Blended Leadership Style

Our default leadership style is called natural style. Whenever we are in neutral situations it is our selected option and we behave relatively powerful with it.

Natural style has five categories: powerful, lean powerful, blended, lean attractive, and attractive.

A blended style is best described as having "presence". It is rare because it involves an equal use of both power and attractiveness markers.

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Achieving a Blended Leadership Style

  • Know yourself: Ask yourself, "where do you fall on the leadership style spectrum?" If you are unsure where you fall under, keep track of your actions and behavior during various interactions.
  • Experiment with various styles: When you begin to have an understanding of where you fall in the spectrum, constantly practice new behaviors to make it feel more familiar and less awkward.
  • Read the room: Assess their behaviors and actions before deciding on an approach.

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Leadership Is A Normative Construct

Leadership style cannot be fully separated from unconscious biases and discrimination.

However, we do not advise women and minorities to not be upset, to not disagree, and to not promote their achievements. Rather, to carefully select their social markers and develop a blended style that is suited to them.

The right assortment can allow you to show loyalty to the group you want to lead while still maintaining your uniqueness.

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It is important to balance the appearance of authority and warmth.

  • You show authority and power by your upright posture, your command of physical space, purposeful stride, a firm handshake, and palm-down gestures.
  • You communicate warmth nonverbally with open body postures, palm-up hand gestures, full-frontal body orientation, positive eye contact, synchronized movements, nods, head tilts, and smiles.

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Knowing yourself and your skills

Taking responsibility for your career starts with an accurate assessment of your current skills.

  • Write down your three greatest strengths and your three most significant weaknesses. This requires reflection and seeking the views of people who won't mind telling you the truth. It takes a willingness to confront your weaknesses, fears, and blind spots.
  • Figure out what you genuinely enjoy doing. Then ask how well it matches what you currently do. Loving what you do gives you the strength to weather personal setbacks, overcome adversity, face and address your weaknesses, and work long hours required to reach your full potential.

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Servant leadership as a powerful management style

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  • Self-awareness. It helps to view situations from a holistic position rather than being self-centred.
  • Empathy. People need to be accepted for their special one-of-a-kind spirits.
  • Listening and reflecting upon what your team says is essential to the growth of the servant-leader.
  • Healing. Many people walk around with a variety of hurts. Good servant-leaders endeavour to support those with whom they come in contact.
  • Foresight. Seeks to understand the lessons from the past, the realities of the present, and the possible outcome of a decision for the future.
  • Conceptualisation. Visualising the big picture and thinking beyond day-to-day realities.
  • Relying on persuasion rather than hierarchical dominance.
  • Stewardship. It requires a commitment to serving the needs of others first and taking responsibility for the actions and results of your team.
  • Team growth. Commitment to the personal growth of every individual.
  • Community building. Human beings have an innate need to belong to a “tribe” of some kind.