A top attribute sought by hiring managers, leadership is an essential skill in driving career advancement. Considering how high it correlates with organizational success, this shouldn’t surprise anyone – companies committed to developing employees to have high leadership potential are four times more likely to outperform those that don’t. As such, it’s important to take charge by establishing a clear personal leadership style – this will motivate your employees and help inform how this business handles demanding situations.
A leadership style can be broadly defined as the patterns of behavior consistent across how you as a leader make decisions. To get an idea, think of how colleagues might describe your working relationship – how would you come off during an elevator pitch?
An online course on Leadership Principles from Harvard Business School lays out three frameworks through which your leadership style can be examined:
You can hone your style using these three frameworks and become more effective in your role. You can help to identify your leadership style by building self-awareness through honest reflection and assessment, from colleagues and yourself. You want to be open to feedback to identify areas for improvement and personal growth, and really nail down your most vital functions as a leader.
Here are the three primary styles of leadership:
Gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and free up valuable time and resources to focus on growth and innovation.
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