Where do you stand on the leadership spectrum?

10:07 | 27/10/2014
Although they may attain high-level positions in their careers, some people cannot become good leaders. Traits such as aggressiveness and selfishness might allow them to be promoted but would certainly prevent them from developing an enthusiastic and loyal team.

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Navigos Search has collated some best practices to help leaders stay on the right track. We acknowledge that leaders fall into a spectrum, and we have used the extremes of this spectrum to contrast styles.

- Trust building

Getting praise for the team’s achievements is among the worst things that a boss can do to their subordinates. Also, some leaders might not actively recognize their teams’ efforts, or be transparent about their actions. Such behaviour could create an environment of mistrust and suspicion, which would certainly affect the overall performance and morale of the team.

Great leaders instill confidence and trust by establishing an environment of honest and open communication. They take time to understand their employees’ needs, walk the talk and encourage them to give their opinions and constructive ideas.

- Recognition of needs

Good leaders spend time understanding each team members’ needs and motivations. They understand that each person is unique, and that there is no one-stop solution for every situation. So, they try to understand the real motivation of each member by making formal and informal communication their daily task.

On the other side of the spectrum, a bad boss will never know the real underlying issues that impact performance or the true motivators of their teams. They have no idea about developing their teams or meeting each member’s needs because of their poor communication skills.

- The best leadership style

Is there any single leadership style that can be deemed the best? The answer to this question is NO. Fortunately, psychologists have created various frameworks that can be easily accessed by discerning professionals who want to upskill themselves. There are various training programmes that can help you understand the concept, and provide you with introspective tools to develop your own approach to leadership and become a more effective leader.n

Source: navigossearch.com contact@navigossearch.com

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