Co-Creating Results – Successful leadership
Posted: Thursday January 25 2018
By: Guest Blogger
We have all read the articles, books and blogs where it tells us we need to be more assertive, be more accountable and be more inspirational to be a successful leader, and yes while there is some merit in the content I am on a journey to think about successful leadership in a different way.
Co-Creating Results – A path to successful leadership
At the end of the day we are all different, we all have different personalities, different strengths and different areas we need to improve, so books, articles and blogs dictating what traits we need to have won’t work!
It is like the common misbelief that introverts don’t make good leaders! This is something I whole heartily disagree with and I work with a number of women who have this belief deep routed, and this needs to stop! Introversion has a number of qualities that benefit successful leadership. Read more about this here.
Is it that hard to believe that we can be both, introverted and extroverted? Reflect on your own experiences, are there situations / environments where you have adapted? I know I do!
I truly believe we shouldn’t be pigeon holed and labelled, let’s not limit people, let’s look at who people really are.
Most people have the ability to adapt their style to the moment, this process starts with self-awareness.
Do you know what your strengths are and how you can use these qualities in your development?
If this is something you would like to explore there are various ways, 360 feedback, coaching, psychometrics, a nifty tool for speed reading can be found here.
The next step is understanding others. For a team to be high performing or a meeting to be effective you need to know how to better connect with people and communicate effectively. This will be easier to understand once you have discovered who you are, you will begin to pick up on qualities of other and be able to adapt your style. For example, if your peer is outcome focused and highly logical you know that your approach needs to be straight to the point, explaining the impact / outcome in a step by step way.