The starting place for developing an authentic leadership style is to make an extension of your best personality traits.
For example, if someone is a hard worker that likes to get in the trenches, this can be a key differentiator in how they run a particular organization. Likewise, abilities such as thinking big or being able to articulate a clear vision can also translate well in growing a successful team. Developing a leadership style this way is authentic and genuine, and it provides a helpful starting place for leading others.
However, good leaders know that they are not perfect, and that their own idiosyncrasies and insecurities also tend to shine through without them even recognizing it. In fact, often these shortcomings can even be amplified in unexpected ways within an organization, resulting in massive challenges and inefficiencies.
11 Ineffective Leadership Styles
A good leader knows that they must work hard to fix their own shortcomings, otherwise their team will never reach their full potential.
Today’s infographic comes to us from Colonial Life, and it shows 11 ineffective leadership styles that can have negative impacts on an organization’s productivity or culture.
Shortcomings aren’t always obvious, and it can take some serious self-reflection to see the weaknesses in one’s leadership style.
Styles to Recognize and Avoid
Here’s a summation of the 11 types of leadership styles to avoid:
1. Micro Managing
Helping employees is one thing, but it’s also important to know when to take a step back. Over-management leads to an unempowered team.
2. Anything Goes
The opposite of micro management is also problematic as well. By letting everything fly, there is no order and it can lead to missing deadlines or low expectations.
In many situations, having just one person making the decisions can lead to employees carrying out projects that they disagree with or do not think will work.
4. The Charge-Ahead General
Charging ahead on every new project usually comes with a key weakness: a lack of patience. If managers continually get impatient with employees, it affect trust and respect within the organization.
5. Complete Self-Reliance
If a manager can’t trust others, then the work will pile up for that manager until it becomes unbearable. Meanwhile, employees have a tough time becoming independent in their roles.
If decisions cannot be questioned, it leads to employees feeling like they are incapable or that they have no input.
7. Excessive Consistency
A manager with this leadership style has inflexible boundaries, and tends to be over-strict with employees. This can create resentment and lower motivation.
8. Mushroom Management
Severe lack of communications between management and employees leads to misunderstandings, confusion, and limited responsibility.
9. The Morale Buster
Criticism is important, but too much of it can hurt employee morale.
10. The Screamer
Too much expression of authority, or expressing it in unprofessional ways, can lead to a lack of respect between employees and management. There are other ways to articulate authority and constructive criticisms.
11. Seagull Management
Managers only interact with employees when there is a problem – this means employees never get praise or encouragement when it is needed.
How Leadership Accountability Drives Company Performance
What impact does leadership accountability have on the performance of an organization? As it turns out, a lot.
Leadership plays a big role in determining the success of an organization.
Effective and accountable leadership can help propel a company forward. On the flip side, a failure to live up to the expectations of leadership can have cascading and lingering effects across an entire organization.
Bridging the Leadership Accountability Gap
Today’s infographic, from bestselling author Vince Molinaro, is a revealing look at the impact that leadership accountability can have on an organization.
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The Value of Leadership Accountability
The majority of people within organizations understand the value of leadership accountability – yet, in practice, many leaders fail to deliver on that promise.
A global survey of over 2,000 HR leaders and senior executives revealed that a mere 27% believed they had a strong leadership culture. Two-thirds of those surveyed believed that leadership accountability is a critical issue within their organization, while only one-third are satisfied with the degree of leadership accountability demonstrated at in their workplace.
What impact does this leadership accountability gap have on the performance of a company? As it turns out, a lot.
The Critical Link Between Accountability and Performance
Once survey responses were organized into three distinct categories – low performers, average performers, and industry leaders – interesting trends began to emerge.
Companies in the “industry leaders” category were far more likely to have a culture of leadership accountability. In fact, industry leaders were twice as likely to have clearly established expectations for their leadership team than respondents in the average or lower performing categories. These high performing companies were also far more likely to:
- Have formal succession programs to help identify high-potential leaders
- Have practices in place to foster more diverse leadership teams
- Implement development programs to effectively build the capacity of leaders
Industry leading companies had leadership teams that ranked higher in a number of key areas. Leaders at high performing companies were far more likely to:
- Understand customer needs and desires
- Understand external trends affecting the business
- Demonstrate a high level of emotional maturity
- Demonstrate passion for executing on the company’s vision
In many of these areas, the gap between industry leaders and the other categories is significant, which presents a compelling case for embracing leadership accountability as a core value.
Building a Strong Leadership Culture: Questions to Ask
The first step to building a culture of leadership accountability is self reflection. Here are questions leaders can ask to help assess how their organization is doing:
- Is leadership accountability a critical priority in your organization?
- Has your organization set clear leadership expectations for leaders?
- Do you believe your leaders at all levels, are fully committed to their leadership roles?
- Have you built a strong and aligned leadership culture across your organization?
- Does your organization have the courage to identify and address mediocre leadership at an individual and team level?
Answering “no” to any of the questions above means there’s an opportunity to develop a more accountable and effective leadership team.
Only three things happen naturally in organizations. Friction, confusion and underperformance. Everything else requires leadership.
– Peter Drucker
The Habits of Highly Effective Leaders
This infographic delves into what it takes to become an effective leader, and how those qualities can impact a company—beyond employee satisfaction.
How Strong Leadership Impacts the Bottom Line
Organizations of all shapes and sizes are under immense pressure to retain good talent.
High employee turnover can directly impact a company’s bottom line—with many studies suggesting poor leadership is one of the main causes.
Today’s infographic from Online PhD Degrees explores what it takes to be an strong leader, and the behaviors of poor leaders that should be avoided at all costs.
In today’s rapidly changing world, how can the qualities of a strong leader positively shape a company’s future?
The Benefits of Investing in Leadership
Effective leadership is worth its weight in gold, with 58% of employees claiming they would choose having a great boss over a higher salary.
Not only that, 94% of employees with great bosses feel passionate about their jobーnearly twice as many as those working for a bad boss. A strong leader increases employee loyalty, creating a conducive environment for reaching a company’s goals.
In fact, research shows that companies with strong leaders are crucial when it comes to outperforming industry competitors and are three times more prepared to react to the speed of change. Moreover, a company with a strong leader is almost five times more likely to have higher customer engagement and retention rates.
How to Lead Effectively
While each company has its own processes and demands different skill sets, there are core behaviors that separate leaders from managers:
- Clear Purpose: Clearly articulating the company’s future vision to all levels of staff in a clear and concise way.
- Contagious Passion: While managers light fires under people to motivate them, leaders light fires in people.
- Self-Accountability: The expectation to work harder than employees and set a standard of excellence.
- Flexible Determination: Leaders are agile and open to change.
- Sustainable Outlook: Focusing on long-term goals proves to a team that a leader is invested in the long-haul.
- Dual Focus: Beyond thinking big picture, leaders provide employees with a clear and actionable strategy for success.
Effective leaders are born from this combination of behaviors. However, one of them has the farthest-reaching impact, both on employees and a company’s bottom line: purpose.
Purpose and Performance
The Global Leadership Forecast finds that a strong and well-executed purpose can build organizational resilience and improve long-term financial performance.
Leaders who amplify an organization’s purpose create a culture of optimism where employees feel safe in proposing new ideas that will shape the trajectory of a company.
The Future of Leadership
To stay competitive, continuous learning and re-skilling should be at the heart of every organization’s leadership strategy. Leaders of the future should possess the ability to redesign jobs in a more fluid way and lean in to the changing nature of work.
“If we don’t disrupt our business, somebody else is going to do it for us.”
While management is a foundational skill, organizations need to invest in their leaders to ensure constant growth. Embracing the traits of an effective leader can not only provide improved returns—it also empowers organizations to thrive in an uncertain future.
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