Leader Know Thyself
Personal Business Skills Articles
Submit Articles Back to Articles
There are as many different leadership styles as
there are leaders.
What does your style say about you?
What type of leader do you admire or aspire to be
It is likely that your preference for leader is similar to
your own style. Caroline Myss
the author of many great books and in particular her book on archetypes speaks
to the truth that we are drawn to others that are most like us and repelled by
those who are most unlike us.
As a leader this is an important component of self to be
aware of in order to lead objectively and with limited judgment. For example if
your style of leadership is to provide very little structure or direction that
allows others to figure it out for themselves then it is likely that you will
not appreciate an authoritative approach that provides detailed instruction.
Conversely if you are a hands on leader who provides
structure and expectations while allowing others to follow the plan with their
own imprint you will find it difficult to work with someone who works with a
looser structure style.
The same holds true for your team members- Tim Sanders
www.timsanders.com wrote the book, The Likeability Factorand provides strong
arguments for the notion that leaders prefer to work with people they like. The
opposite is also true - people like to work for leaders they like.
Your leadership style says a lot about who you are as a
person. If you dislike conflict you may find this is a weak area in your
leadership skills. Leaders who avoid conflict can come across as wishy washy or
non-decisive. If you like conflict for the sake of conflict or think that it
will stimulate more creativity you could be perceived as defiant, difficult and
a bully. However if you have a healthy view of conflict as being inevitable
among people and have built the skills to handle conflict effectively you will
be perceived as capable, strong and not afraid of difficult situations.
Great leaders are those who take the time to evaluate
themselves and are willing to go deep within themselves to find out how to be
better. Now that we are entering a new year now is the time to reflect on the
past year and on the effectiveness of your leadership. Make a conscious decision
to develop yourself further as a leader by stretching your comfort zones.
Do something new and different that is unrelated to your role
but will enhance your overall depth and scope as an individual.
A leader who knows their 'self' is a leader who knows
About the Author
Cheryl Cran, CSP President of Synthesis at Work Inc. works with organizations
in significantly increasing productivity and profitability through communication
strategies that improve employee performance, leverage team synergy and build
extraordinary leaders. Many of Synthesis at Work's clients are award winning
industry leaders. www.cherylcran.com
Follow us @Scopulus_News
Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2008-05-16 23:47:03 in Personal Articles