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– Want to understand why you do what you do?
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Why is understanding your Leadership Style Important?
Studies show that people who have a higher self-awareness are better leaders. So understanding your situational leadership style will help you understand why you do what you do, give you some insight on how to improve your leadership skills and understand when you need to flex between different styles.
The situational leadership approach can help you develop stronger relationships with your team members and other stakeholders as you be able to customise your style to their stage of development and you’ll also be able to flex between different styles to get the best outcomes for your people and business.
As a leader it will be up to you to assess your team members’ skills, confidence, and motivation, and determine what type of leadership style to use when. There are four types of situational leadership:
– Directing – also known as telling
– Coaching – also known as selling or explaining
– Supporting -also known as participating or facilitating
– Delegating – also known as empowering or monitoring
All team members differ in their abilities, confidence levels, and levels of motivation at work. If you use the same leadership style for everyone, some team members will enjoy your leadership while others will feel undervalued and under supported. The situational leadership method is flexible and allows you to customise your leadership style to meet everyone’s needs (including your own).
It takes an open and flexible leader to succeed using situational leadership. Leaders who prefer sticking to one leadership style and don’t tailor their approach for their team members may mean well but will often fail as their team is made up of different personalities at different stages of development and expertise. For example a high performing team member will feel suffocated and undervalued under a constant Directing Leadership style and inexperienced team members may feel undue pressure and high levels of stress under Delegating or Coaching style.
The key to being a good situational leader, is that you must adapt your situational approach to serve each team member and situation, and work hard to lead by example.
Find out More – Take our Leadership Style Quiz
Take our FREE leadership style quiz to get some insight into your natural style, understand the pros and cons of your style and get some practical tips that you can put into action immediately!