Understanding Your Leadership Style (How You Can Identify Your Natural Leadership Style)

Understanding Your Leadership Style (How You Can Identify Your Natural Leadership Style)

We’re going to have to learn to lean on
the different styles depending on the season that our team is in because your
team will have seasons where they need one thing from you more than another. Hey there, welcome to Mak TV where we believe that
that transformation from manager to leader is such a crucial one because it’s
leaders that change lives and they are the ones that have a profound effect
on today’s working environment. So today’s episode is the third in a three
part series that is dedicated to you, first time managers out there. So in the last two episodes we went a
little bit deep into some of the things that you do to hit the ground running
as confidently and as smoothly as possible. If you missed
those not to worry, I will link them for you right here as
well as in the description box below. So today is all about leadership style
and how you can find your natural style and adapt it to your current
situation and team. So let’s dive in. So just before we jump in, I just want to clearly define
what leadership style really is. So leadership style would be, you know, a set of behaviors that you use to
interact with your team. So it would be, for example, how you motivate your
team, how you give directions, how you empower them and set
goals, et cetera, et cetera. So let’s just talk about
some of the common leadership
styles that there are out there. So the first one would
be the visionary leader. So to me a visionary leader is the person
that literally gets up every day and is like, okay, we’re going this way. And that person is the one that’s like
driving the entire team or all their people towards that
direction. So that individual, that visionary leader is all about
mainly the why as opposed to the how. So they are not really too worried about
how they’re going to get there as long as they get there, which means that they are the ones that
are open to experiment. They’re open to, you know, different ways, as
long as we get to that direction. The second leadership style is
the coach. So think sports coach, when you think of this
style of leadership. So this is the person that is literally
always thinking about how they can help you become a better version of yourself. So they want you to improve on your
weaknesses and dominate at your strengths. So the third leadership
style is autocratic and
this is all about authority. Now I’ve learned quite a bit
about the military lately. And so even though this
isn’t always the case, they do say that like a military
commander would really fit the bill of an autocratic type of leadership style. So if you want to think or visualize what
autocratic really means that they can military commander. So this type
of style is all about authority, results and efficiency. So this type of leader is often making
a ton of decisions on their own and they just expect that their teammates
would do what they’re asked to do. And so it’s a little bit of lead by fear. The fourth type of leadership
style is a democratic. So democratic is all about
getting all the input of the team. So you would often find a democratic
type of leader leaning on their team for direction. A fifth style
is the bureaucratic. So the bureaucratic is all about the
rules, the procedures, the policies. So do you remember as a little kid maybe
being with a friend and you trying to convince them to do something that was
just outside the lines and they looked at you and said um no we’re
not supposed to do that, if we do that we’re going to get in
trouble so we better go this way. That would be the bureaucratic. So they’re the type of leader that would
expect their team to always stick to what’s written no matter
what circumstance they’re in, they expect that the person do exactly
what they’re supposed to do based on the rules, policies and procedures.
The last style is the pacesetter. So this style is usually worried
about the results and the performance. So they drive their team mates pretty
hard to achieve certain results that are expected of them. Now I am missing
a couple of the leadership styles, but these ones that I’ve picked kind
of encompass the rest that I’m missing. So the question on the table now
is what is your leadership style? Now the truth is it’s going to be hard
to figure out where you lean because of the fact that you’ve never done this
before or you’ve never had to think about it before. And I think that we do have kind of
a mishmash of everything within us, but we do tend to naturally
lean to one side or the next, or one style or the next. And so it’s, and I do think it’s important to figure
out which style you lean to so that you can, you know, capitalize on your strengths and know
exactly where you need to be careful. So here’s the first thing I want you to
do when determining what your leadership style is. I first want you to
think about what your values are. Now your values are definitely going
to affect how you consciously and subconsciously lead your team
because it’s your values. So what you believe and what you
value in yourself and others, that is what you’re built up basically. The second thing you have to do is to
think about your personality traits. Because your leadership style is really
born from your natural tendencies. So you really want to think about what
your friends or your colleagues have to say about you. Now I know for some people thinking
about your personality traits might be a little bit hard or you know, asking a friend or a colleague
might be hard for you. So you could use these two tools that
I’m going to suggest one is called the disc test. So D I S C test, and also the second is based
off of the Myers Briggs, which is called 16 personalities. Two great free tools that you can use to
really dive into what your personality traits are. So I’m going to link the both
of them in the description box below. Now the next thing you gotta do
is think about your weaknesses. Now I know in the first video I really
wanted us to dive into your strengths because I think it’s important when
starting any role to think about your strengths first over your weaknesses, because it’s very easy to
point out everything you’re
not good at and especially when you’re feeling under confident. That’s why I really wanted to dive
into your strengths. But in this case, you know, when it comes to
finding your leadership style, I do think it’s important to consider
your weaknesses because those weaknesses will cause issues or will be your like
natural reset when you’re in kind of a tough situation. So think about
your weaknesses. If you want to, you can always go back to
your SWOT and re analyze that. It will help you to kind of like gauge
what kind of leadership style you would have. The last thing I want you to do is to
consider whose leadership style has had a profound influence on you. So these
would be the people who you know, really influenced the way you think, uh, the decisions you make and the beliefs
that you have. So this can be a mentor, a fellow colleague, or
maybe even your parents. As long as you consider their style. And reflect on how it influenced
you for the better or for the worse. I know for example, on my list, I have leaders who have influenced
me in a really good way and, and I strive to imitate them because
they’re humble, they’re hungry, they’re kind and they’re
generous. And these, and so of course these are people that
I want to imitate in my own leadership with my own team. And then there are people that I
don’t want anything to do with. So people that have influenced me and
have helped me to see that I want to be nothing like them. And these are the people that are
uncaring and distant and you know, leaders that just don’t even know the
names of their people. So in both ways, you want to know the good and the bad
and see kind of what is attractive to you and what are the things that
you want nothing to do with. Now I know that this can be a little
bit hard, so I’ve created for you dumb, dumb, dumb, a worksheet that will help you work
through all of this to help you find your natural leadership style. So it will have some prompt questions for
you and it will have all the different leadership styles in it so that you can
see kind of where you land and which one resonates with you or which
one that you’re closer to. Um, so I do suggest that you download it
and use it because I think it’s really important that you do know
your own leadership style. It will help you be a far
more effective leader. It will also help you to flex in
meeting the needs of your team, your department and your company, which is something that you will find
yourself in the middle of on a consistent basis. Now before we go on, I will say that there is no such thing
as a perfect leadership style. I mean, yes there are the ones that will have
people running for the door that they want nothing to do with. But you know, at the same time we’re going to have to
learn to lean on the different styles depending on the season
that our team is in. Because your team will have seasons where
they need one thing from you more than another. So let me give you
an example of what I mean. So let’s say that your team is in a
season where they need a pacesetter. So it’s all about the
results and you know, driving as much performance as possible. Usually this happens like at the end of
the year, but it’s different for every, for every company. But
let’s say your season, your team is in that season and they need
more of the pace setter and let’s say your natural leadership style is
more on the visionary side of things, then you’re going to have to figure out
a way to tap into that pacesetter style or enlist someone on the team who
has more of that style to help you, you know, push the team in the direction that they
need to be pushed in for that season. So again, a solid reason why you should know your
own leadership style so that you can learn to dance with the different styles
as it is necessary for your team and for the department and company. So I’m interested to see where your self
reflection takes you on this journey. So please do leave me a comment below and
let me know what you found or what you think your leadership style is. And if you’re not really comfortable
sharing this in a public forum and that’s okay. You can just send me an email, maybe send me a screenshot
of your worksheet and I’d
love to see what you came up with. It has been freaking fantastic to be able
to have these real conversations with you. I love, love, love, love, being able to help you on
this journey and you know, I do know just how stressful
and overwhelming it can be, but the other thing I know is that if
you keep plugging along and getting back up when you fall, you
will make it through this. So do hit on the subscribe
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fantastic rest of the week. Don’t forget to keep smiling and
I’ll see you in the next one.

10 thoughts on “Understanding Your Leadership Style (How You Can Identify Your Natural Leadership Style)

  1. I just want things done, legally, correctly, and quickly. I expect you to get your job done without me having to micromanage you. I really don't want to be the leader, but as the pharmacist that responsibility falls to me. Great video. I've enjoyed your series. Thanks.

  2. Love this, thank you, I think I lead with Democratic leader style. I have loved working and hearing the input of others.

  3. This great! Leadership and team have been a big topic for me in the last 12 months as I scale my company. Subscribed! I'm a mix of coach and democratic depending on the situation.

  4. I always try to focus on my strength, however, It’s definitely easy to dive into the things you’re not good at.

  5. i totally agree with you regarding the importance of understanding your leadership style. According to the Disc assessment for leadership, I am a strong "S" – Steadiness with s strong influence for Inclusive. Probably not the best combination for someone who may be hired to manage a team where physical safety is of primary importance. In a case like that, maybe an Authoritarian would be a better fit – complete opposite for me.

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