In a previous article (https://bit.ly/3u5hRZ4) I wrote about leadership style and posed the question “How often do you review the effectiveness of your leadership style?” It is one thing to set an intention quite another to begin action. For those of you who are prone to setting intention but struggle to get to action , this article may help get you started on exploring and developing your leadership style.
The power of self-awareness
One of the most powerful elements to developing effective leadership ability is self-awareness, in other words; know who you are. How do you prefer to think, act, socialise, gather and process information? Developing a style that reflects who you really are will enable you to project more confidence and competence as well as to gain more respect and build trust with those that you work with. When facilitating leadership coaching, I find psychometric assessments often provide a great starting point for self-exploration, by facilitating insight into of various aspects of personality that play into leadership style and ability. When we develop our self-awareness we are better equipped to understand the emotions and behaviour's of ourselves and those we lead – this helps us to deal with the challenges of other people’s reactions, particularly in the workplace.
Understanding yourself and learning to understand others
Leaders who learn how to flex their leadership style as needed will find they will be better equipped to persuasively and succinctly communicate ideas and opinions to others who may have different personality preferences, however any attempts at this will be unsuccessful unless leaders fully understand what their own preferences are, embrace the potential, and address the pitfalls that accompany it.
In my work over the years as an executive coach, I have observed the positive impact on relationships and in turn working environments when leaders choose to engage in understanding themselves, their impact on others and learn to adapt as situations/other preferences present. Clients have reported being better able to manage themselves and in turn notice others preferences bringing about more positive interactions in areas such as employee feedback, sensitive conversations around absenteeism, conflict and team meetings.
Self-awareness and “other-awareness” provide the foundation for clear communication and more positive work relationships–key pillars of effective leadership.
At Insightful works we see leadership as a continuous journey and our coaching approaches’ help leaders to move along the leadership pathway by building self and other awareness. We also work with each client to develop strategies for self-solutioning beyond the coaching relationship.
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