As a manager, you want your management style to create a culture of trust, but it is only human to ask yourself if your style is hindering your team. The following three tips can help you adopt a management style that is suited to the environment you work in.
Experts Favor Management Styles to Suit Each Situation
Experts in human resources list six management styles that include directive, authoritative, affiliative, participative, pace setting and coaching styles. However, few theorists are so bold as to choose one style over another. Instead, they generally follow the lead of Rosalind Cardinal who is a consultant in improving business outcomes. She has said, “The key to being an effective leader is to have a broad repertoire of styles and to use them appropriately. “
She elaborates by saying, “One of the interesting things about style is that managers with the most flexibility in style get the best outcomes from their people. Leadership style is not about good/bad, right/wrong: leadership style depends on the task, people and situation to be managed.”
Support Leadership Style With Core Traits For Success
While there will always be leaders who do not fit the stereotype of what a leader should be, most leaders have a core set of traits that are common for success. It is those traits that lead them to adopt leadership styles that help them achieve successful outcomes.
A top leadership trait is that most strong leaders know when to talk and when to listen. Beyond that, experts point to the fact that leaders—whatever their leadership styles— have certain characteristics in common.
Surveys and research consistently indicate that good leaders are viewed by staff and associates as being supportive and good at creating an environment where people feel free to speak up and share ideas. Of course, they are results oriented.
In addition, good leaders regularly seek different perspectives, and they are experts at piecing together diverse views to make effective decisions. As if that weren’t enough, successful leaders have found ways to achieve the right blend of charisma, enthusiasm and self-assurance.
Blend Core Traits and Leadership Style to Achieve Results
If you combine leadership traits with effective leadership style, you will find that people tend to work harder for you and will take initiatives that build stronger, more successful organizations. Your choices and your traits can help make people proud to be employed in your organization and that leads to highly trained staff and low rates of employee turnover.
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