How to Adapt Your Leadership Style to Manage Your Team More Effectively

Posted by HRDQ on 07/11/2018 to Leadership

Leadership Styles are Important Qualities to be Aware Of

Your leadership style is unique. But it needs to be adapted for different employees. You can use your specific leadership style to more effectively lead your team.

Some qualities that great leaders have include:

  • Modeling the behavior they want to see in others
  • Communicating with passion and conviction
  • Engaging and involving others
  • Providing valuable feedback often
  • Being open and available

There are many theories of management and styles of leadership. None are perfect, as different people respond better to different styles of leadership. To be a truly skilled leader, you must become aware of the needs of your staff and adapt your leadership style to nurture the most productivity in your workers. Below are some ways to develop and adapt your leadership styles for your team.

Conduct frequent one-on-ones

Make sure you have frequent one-on-ones. They can be informal and spontaneous. Offer more positive than negative feedback during them. Try to be action-oriented, concise, and timely. Include two-way questions and seek feedback on your own feedback during the meeting.

Give positive and negative feedback

For positive feedback, distinguish between praise and flattery, praise with no expectations, and follow with a question. When giving negative feedback, examine your motives first and start with a question.

Focus on problem solving, separate fact from opinion, and focus on one performance issue at a time. End the session with encouragement.

Communicate well with your boss

Adapt to your boss’s behavior and modify your style to fit your boss. When you and your boss disagree, keep your cool and stand up when it counts. It’s important to maintain a good relationship with your boss while also leading others.

Influence language and frame messages positively

Frame your messages positively. Say what can be done, tell the employee what to start doing, and give the message in the best possible light. There are two types of influencing language. Direct language provides a summary, focuses on bottom line, and should be used for good news or routine information. Indirect language builds to a decision and should be used for bad news or complex information.

Use valuable tools to help

HRDQ’s ‘Adapting Your Leadership Style’ can assess your personal leadership style and show you how to apply and practice tools for building connections with employees, running productive meetings and enhancing employee motivation.

‘Adapting Your Leadership Style’ allows participants to identify the qualities of an effective leader, make the mental shift from individual productivity to influencing others, and recognize style differences in others and cater to their preferences. You will be able to build rapport using verbal and nonverbal messages, facilitate effective meetings, conduct constructive one-on-ones, give positive and negative feedback to different styles, and develop individual motivation approaches for employees.

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