Don’t take a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership. Choose the style that maximizes your effectiveness in a given situation.

Many managers mistakenly assume that leadership style is a function of personality rather than strategic choice. Instead of choosing the one style that suits their temperament, they should ask which style best addresses the demands of a particular situation. Research has shown that the most successful leaders have strengths in the following emotional intelligence competencies: self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy, and social skill. There are six basic styles of leadership; each makes use of the key components of emotional intelligence in different combinations. The best leaders don’t know just one style of leadership—they’re skilled at several, and have the flexibility to switch between styles as the circumstances dictate.

Resource link: Leadership That Gets Results by Daniel Goleman
Resource submitted by: Janet Wallace, L.E.A.D.

Currently leading the Middle Leadership Programme at Swiss Cottage TSA, Janet’s philosophy is to inspire and empower leaders to gain clarity about their professional goals and, with the support of theoretical understanding, plan and secure the changes they want or need to make.

Click here to find out more about the course in our blog, Exploring Middle Leadership by Annie Grant.

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