Traditional “Command and Control” leadership styles are now considered outdated. These styles are no longer effective with our ever-changing and unpredictable world. Modern leadership styles needs a unique, collaborative, and agile approach to deal with challenges.
The world is more complex than ever before. Leaders encounter new challenges, crises, risks, and technological changes. The outdated fixed leadership style cannot deal with the myriad of challenges that today’s leaders face. Today we need a versatile leadership style that not just suits the company culture but also deals with unpredictable issues.
Ways to find the right balance and flexibility in your leadership style
A versatile leadership style requires progressing through three major stages.
Stage 1 – Self-understanding. You need to understand your strengths and weaknesses in order to find your comfort level. This is called cognitive self-awareness. When you have cognitive self- awareness, it is easier to accept external formal and informal feedback.
Stage 2 – Understand the situation. Your leadership style may need to change for different situations. Understand the situation and environment you are working in. First, try to understand the situation without being judgmental. A leader should consider the people’s emotions and what traits and skills they exhibit. You may need focused effort and practice to understand others’ emotions.
Stage 3 – Widen your Leadership Style Range. Great leaders understand the situation and adapt their leadership style. As situations arise, you can apply different approaches.
- Target micro-behaviors: It can be tough to shift your behavior quickly. To get to the desired change, start with targeting the micro-behaviors . Pay close attention to your responses in different situations. You may see a pattern which in turn, could be an area for improvement.
- Find role models: It may be easier for you to seek motivation from peers who possess different leadership skills and capabilities. Once you find the role models, try to implement similar behaviors.
- Look at your team for help: If you feel bridging the gap in your default leadership style and appropriate responses are ineffective, then looking at your team for help to fill the gap could be an excellent strategy.