What is your approach to leadership team development?
The first thing we have to do, when developing a leadership team, is to recognize our individual leadership style because that determines how we will lead a team. There are three different types of styles:
- Free reign
Think about a slide at the park, and you climbing the steps. When get to the top, that’s the authoritative style. Halfway down that slide, as you’re sliding down, that’s participative. And down at the bottom, where you get off, that’s free reign.
Now, the problem with most leaders is, when they become part of a new team, they want to be everybody’s friend. It doesn’t matter if they like you or not. The real questions is, “Do they trust me?” The first thing you need to do, as the leader, is build trust. How do you start doing that? You have to start at the authoritative leader side. That does not mean you have to be a Marine Corps drill sergeant. It does mean that you’ve got to set rules, guidelines, and expectations. You have to be hard up-front. When you’re hard up-front, you can soften up and become more participative down the line. Then, as you become more participative, opportunities to be more free reign will begin to happen.
Related articles: Leadership Development, Types of Leadership Styles, Leadership Development Program(s), Difference Between Management and Leadership
Other topics that may be of interest to you: Organizational Culture, Teamwork in the Workplace, Employee Training & Development, Employee Retention