Step 1 – Defining Your Leadership Style
Every person has a signature leadership style and the most important first step in improving leadership skills is for an individual to be able to identify and understand their own style. At this first stage, it is important to assess what might be holding them back in terms of their leadership actions and if their personality could be brought to the fore when they lead. Good leaders know their strengths and weaknesses and they know how to adapt to changing circumstances.
According to Daniel Goleman, who conducted research on leadership styles in top global firms, there are six different types of leaders: visionary, affiliative, coaching, democratic, commanding, and pace-setting. Until a leader has found their own unique leadership style, they will not be able to grow, amplify their positive traits, and inspire others to do the same.
Step 2 – Embracing Your Leadership Style
Once leaders know their unique leadership style, they can use emotional intelligence tools to help them build rapport with the teams. Good leaders must not only know themselves, but also how each member of their team operates at their best. This will enable them to draw out the strengths of each person in the group in a collaborative and creative way. A good leader knows which members of the team complement his or her own strengths, and how this could be used to drive the team and the business forward.
Step 3 – Engaging Your Team
A good leader knows how to motivate themselves and their team. A leader must be able to create a compelling vision and communicate it in a way that inspires everyone. Effective leaders know how to create synergy in a team to maximum effect. Such leaders will always provide and accept constructive feedback and recognise the contributions of others. The best leaders are those who are always engaging with their teams, creating an energy that will drive the business forward.
Step 4 – Moving forward as a Leader
Business leaders who know their own unique style and are engaging actively and positively with the teams will have mastered the art of delegation, goal setting, feedback and impact measurement within a team. These leaders are now experts at understanding their unique qualities, and how they can use these qualities to maximise team performance.
Source: Duncan Mutembani, CEO, Sparksync