John Whitehead en Leadership Development, Executive Coaching, Leadership Adjunct Professor • University of British Columbia, Okanagan 15/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · +400

Your Leadership Style and its Impact

Your Leadership Style and its ImpactStress impacts everyone in one way or another.  Some people withdraw while others lash out in frustration and anxiety.  As a leader, every decision, action and behavior you make impacts your direct reports, your teams or your organization as a whole.  Unfortunately during difficult times you can’t just hide, waiting until things get better or pass.

Many different traits can be used to describe one’s leadership style: vision, empowerment of your direct reports, communication style, ego control, listening ability, validation approach, supervisory skills, decision making, coaching skills and many more.

Self-management, regardless of what is going on around you, is a vital trait of all successful leaders. If you have excellent people skills and are a decisive manager, but you deviate from these skills during uncertain periods, you are sending a message to your direct reports that you can’t successfully manage your own emotions and actions.  This can have drastic consequences on the performance, motivation and productivity of your team.

It’s natural to ebb and flow as a leader.  No one is perfect.  No one is immune to mistakes, errors in judgment or the inability to control oneself no matter the circumstance.  The question is, how are the changes in your leadership style having an impact on morale, communication, team spirit or the trust and respect your direct reports have for you? And if so, what can you do about this?

Kevin Cashman in his book, Leading From the Inside Out (Berrett-Koehler, 2008) stated that the key to successful self-management and ultimately leadership is the ability to function from the “inside out” and not the “outside in.”  In other words, become a master at remaining present, centered, calm and focused no matter what is going on around you. I have seen many leaders who just seem not to ‘get it’.  They are unable see how their behaviors impact the morale and actions of their direct reports.  They keep pointing their fingers at others rather than looking in the mirror.

In my work as an executive and leadership coach, one of the first thing I do is have the client start a process of self-awareness; learning who they are and why they act in certain ways in different situations. How they act under stress is a critical part of that understanding and how their actions are being perceived by others.

One of the most vital leadership traits for success is consistency—the ability to remain focused on the task at hand no matter what is happening around you.

So, how consistent are you?  How would your direct reports rate you?  Think about it.

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This is the fifth on a series specifically exploring what leadership is and how we can not only understand leadership but how to implement it

Leadership series directory:

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Directing, Coaching, Supporting & Delegating Are What?

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John Whitehead 22/10/2016 · #6

#3 As always @Donna-Luisa Eversley - great conmments - thank you!

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John Whitehead 22/10/2016 · #5

#4 @Henry Lloyd - thank you for adding to the conversation and your thoughtful comments

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Harvey Lloyd 18/10/2016 · #4

Here recently i have seen many pictures, quotes and books on the topic of leadership. They are focusing on the loneliness, or pioneer or greater good concepts that leaders must engage. Who you are in crisis is truly who you are. We can be anybody within the success envelope. There is no risk.

In my early years of leadership within a small business i remember the sleepless nights pondering success when it was so elusive. I used this frustration to try and motivate the troops. I found quickly they didn't really care, they too were having their own sleepless nights.

A few years of this lead me to the thoughts that the choice to lead was mine, not theirs. With this new understanding i realized my battles of leadership were on a different battlefield. If my team were to fully understand the battlefield and join me completely, they would become my competitor, eventually.

Leadership is about growing into uncharted territory of your own mind. You may posses skills, but courage can be elusive if you don't claim your choice to lead. I would also state that on many occasions i have chosen not to lead. There is dishonor in choosing not to lead. It is a sign of wisdom. Dishonor comes when we chose to lead and not develop the courage to honor our commitments.

@John Whitehead you speak truth in leading others. If you chose to lead then bring on the armor of leadership and lead well.

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Donna-Luisa Eversley 18/10/2016 · #3

@John Whitehead this is an area of personal development which requires a lot of conscious focus. I recall as I started my journey as a business owner my assumption that I could handle anything was tested almost from the 'get go'. The days were long, and the resistance and challenges were constant. Yes there were many wins, and happy times, but sometimes the shadow of a developing stressful life would feel over whelming. Thus, I started to walk daily. Early in the morning I would rise, get my sweats on, and armed with worship music, I would get to a large savannah field and walk. There were other walkers / runners there, but as early as 4am there would be 3 or 4 persons, and the it was safe. I would smell the air and the changes from night to day, and listen, pray, meditate. My last thoughts before finishing up this hourly ritual would be the day's events and how I would meet expected hurdles. I was actively disarming stress before it took hold and it helped.
This post has nudged a reminder.. thanks @John Whitehead

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John Whitehead 15/10/2016 · #2

#1 great comments Mohammed - Thank you!

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mohammed khalaf 15/10/2016 · #1

As an entrepreneur, you may feel it takes too much effort to get results. To succeed you need to have the right systems and methods in place. If you are pursuing wrong strategies that won’t help you. However, if you are persistent in learning and improving, you’ll succeed. Be persistent in getting up each time you get off track

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