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The 6 Leadership Styles That All Successful Leaders Use

The 6 Leadership Styles That All Successful Leaders Use

Great leaders inspire us to do great things, to believe that we can do anything, and to become the greatest versions of who we can be. This is why, as a leader of your business or company, you will know instinctively if you’re leading your team into a brave new tomorrow, or if they’re lagging behind, dragging their feet.

How they feel about your leadership style could make or break your company. Being knowledgeable about your weaknesses, and more importantly, your natural strengths can be a total game-changer. Here are six ways to manage a team and when to use them.

The Hare

This style is all about moving as fast as you can to get things done on time, which is of course ideal for times where you’re working towards a tight deadline.

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If used all the time, the stress of only caring about deadlines can mean employees lose interest in the tasks altogether. If this is the case, try switching up your style to focusing on the people doing the tasks. Find out more about what might work better for them in the long-run, and how they work best.

The Dreamer

If you are a dreamer, you can see exactly where you’d like your company to go and you love to share this vision with your team. This approach can help join you together as a team and improve morale.

If you are going to use this style, make sure that your vision is clear and that everyone believes in it. Working towards some unattainable goal is a surefire way to lose the crowd and end up talking to yourself.

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The Director

You are a director if you tell it like it is and if you ask for tasks to be done directly, without hesitation or consideration for your employees. This no-nonsense approach can work extremely well in a crisis. By keeping a cool head and knowing what needs to be done in the moment, you can create success out of a messy situation.

Where it doesn’t work is if you find yourself constantly barking orders at your employees without ever using another management style. It’s a delicate balance, but use this only sparingly and when the situation really calls for immediate and direct action. If overused, you can end up with employees who are low in moral and self-esteem, and others who are heading for the door.

The Greek

The Greeks invented democracy and this is what this leadership style is all about. You want to know everyone’s opinion and how things can be improved for the best overall outcome. Having your say can be very empowering for most people, especially if it’s something you are working on everyday.

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If this is your main way of managing, be careful that you are not asking the wrong advice from the wrong people. This can be a big waste of everyone’s time, so make sure you have a well-developed team of experts that you know you can depend on as your business grows.

The Lover

The person who is the lover cares about relationships and how these bonds create enough synergy for a fruitful working environment. This style can be a huge booster for morale as everyone learns to understand and work with each other. When your team has experienced a setback or are changing group dynamics, this style can help to gel everyone together and keep things moving smoothly.

On the other hand, using this style all the time can lead to low performance and drive. This is because relationships are the main focus, and the goals can get left behind. In this case, try using some of the other management styles, especially the hare or the dreamer management styles.

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The Coach

Working as a coach means that you’ll not only understand what is going on with people, but that you will also try to find new ways of growing their (and your) skills and abilities. This is a great idea, especially for a new start-up where it’s essential that your business keeps growing and evolving. So, being open to growing together, as individuals and as a company, will be highly beneficial.

This approach could backfire if an employee is not in the mood for any kind of growth. Instead of coaching, you’d need to try out a different management style, like the director – at least until they feel more like meeting you on the same level.

So, there we have it, six ways of managing your team. Whichever style you choose, the most important thing is that the team you are leading feels happy and inspired to do the work for you. Because without the support and expertise of an effective team, your company would not be able to get off the ground. As billionaire Jack Ma says, “When your team is happy, the customer is happy.”

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Last Updated on December 17, 2018

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

Read this and stop feeling overwhelmed…for good!

We live in a time of productivity overload.

Everywhere you turn are articles and books about how to be more productive, how to squeeze 27 hours of work out of every 24, how to double your work pace, how to do more and more all in the name of someday getting out of the rat race. Well this is about the side effects of those ideas. If we aren’t multitasking, we feel lazy. If we aren’t doing everything, we feel like we’re slacking. We compare ourselves to others who we think are doing more, having more, getting more and achieving more, and it’s driving us crazy. We feel overwhelmed when we think we have too much to do, too much is expected of us, or that a stressor is too much for us to handle. And we respond by lashing out with emotions of anger, irritability, anxiety, doubt and helplessness.

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This season especially is the most stressful time of year. Between the holidays, final exams, family gatherings and general feelings of guilt that it’s the end of the year, it’s easy to get overwhelmed thinking of all the things you still need to get done. But if you use these tips, not only will you get the important stuff done, you’ll keep your sanity while doing it!

    Is this you?

    Change your thought pattern-stop thinking negatively

    When you feel overwhelmed, the first thing you do is start thinking negatively or begin to resent why it’s your responsibility in the first place! The first thing you have to do is to stop! Stop thinking negatively immediately. Instead, focus on the positive. If you’re stuck in traffic, think of how great it is to have some time to yourself. If you’re rushing trying to get things done by a deadline, think how lucky you are to have a purpose and to be working towards it. If you’re stressing about a final exam, think of how fortunate you are to be given the opportunity of higher education. After you’ve changed your thought patterns, you must then say to yourself “I can do this.” Keep saying it until you believe it and you’re more than halfway to ending feeling overwhelmed.

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    Take a deep breath/change your body posture

    When you’re stressed certain things happen to your body. You start to breath shallowly, you hunch over, you immediately tense up and all that tension drives your feelings of stress even more. Relax! Straighten your posture and take at least ten deep, cleansing, breaths. Force yourself to smile and do something to change your state. It could be as simple as giving yourself a hug or as silly as clapping your hands three times, throwing them up in the air and shouting “I GOT THIS!” Think to yourself, how would I sit/stand if I had perfect confidence and control of the situation?

    Focus on right now

    Now that you are in a better state of mind and are no longer thinking negatively, you need to focus on the here and now. Ask yourself this question: What is the most important thing I have control of and can act on right now? Keep asking yourself this until you have a concrete next step.

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    Take Action

    Now that you know what’s most important and what to do about it, do it! Start with the first step and focus on getting that done. Don’t worry about anything else right now, just on what your first step is and how to get it done. Once that’s done with, determine the next most important step and get that done.

    Let go of what you can’t control (the gambler’s theory)

    Seasoned gamblers understand the importance of due diligence and knowing when to let go. The Gambler’s Theory is that once your bet is placed there is nothing you can do, so you might as well relax and enjoy the process. The time to worry is when you’re figuring out the best odds and making the decision of what to bet when you can actually take action. I used this one a lot in college. After an exam, there is absolutely no point in stressing about it. There’s nothing you can do. And the same goes for feeling overwhelmed. If you can do something about your situation, do it, focus and take action. But if you’ve done what you could and now are just waiting, or if you’re worried about something you have no control over, realize that there’s no point. You might as well relax and enjoy the moment.

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      Relax and enjoy the moment

      Stop feeling guilty

      Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. If you are at your wits end trying to keep up with what you think you should be doing, you aren’t being fair to yourself. This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t strive for improvement, just don’t go overboard because you feel like you have to. Only you know what’s really important to you, and your personal success journey so focus on what your top priorities are, not someone else’s.

      Everyone feels overwhelmed sometimes. The important thing is to realize it’s normal and that you can do something about it by taking focused and deliberate action. Happy Holidays!

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