How Your Leadership Talents and Strengths Can Drive Success
I’ve spoken a lot about many different leadership styles and how they can work in your favour to drive your teams to success. That’s great and all but what style is right for you?
Obviously, that’s impossible for me to judge. You’re the only one who can determine the perfect style for you but how exactly do you do that?
Here, I’m going to convince you that, no matter where your leadership talents and strengths lie, you can lead a team to success.
- Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
- Ask Your Teams What They Want
- Consider What Motivated You
- Get Your Team On Side
- Don’t Be Something You’re Not
- Build a Consistent Style
- Work On Your Weaknesses
1. Identify Your Strengths and Weaknesses
In order to find a leadership style that works for you in driving success for your teams, look towards the areas in which your talents lie.
It might sound simple but if you don’t work towards a style that focuses on what you’re good at, how can you expect to lead your team to success? Make a list of the leadership qualities you consider to have and look for areas that can help form a solid leadership style.
With this in mind, it’s also a good idea to make a list of your weaknesses. Look at the areas that you might want to steer away from. If you’re not a great motivator, consider a style that focuses on other areas like organisational skills. I’d advise that you don’t ignore your strengths completely, but we’ll get to that later.
2. Ask Your Teams What They Want
Despite having said that you’re the only one to determine your own leadership style, there’s no use in trying to discover a style on your own.
Why would you want to select a style and go through the process of implementing it if you haven’t consulted your team on how it might affect them and their performance. After all, no matter what your style, if it doesn’t work for the team you’re trying to lead, it won’t work at all. The success of a leadership style is directly related to how well suited it is to the team.
As well as asking them what they want, consider their own strengths and weaknesses to identify a style that you think will bring the best out of them and drive them to success.
3. Consider What Motivated You
If you’re struggling to determine a style from your characteristics and the advice of your team, try to think back to when you were in their position. What sort of style motivated you at the time?
By looking at what styles were effective for you, you might not be able to find out the perfect fit for your team, but you might just be able to identify the style that’s had the biggest impression on you and your characteristics. This can lead to you discovering a style that you know can motivate and lead a team to success.
If you can form a style that you know motivated you, you’re on your way to adopting an approach that you have faith in, which goes much further than adopting an approach because you read it in a leadership guide.
4. Get Your Team On Side
Again, no matter what leadership style you choose, even if it perfectly aligns with your leadership talents and strengths, it will fail if your team doesn’t wholeheartedly buy into it.
It’s a good idea to include them from the start about what you have planned for the way you lead them going forward. Have a meeting to outline what you’re looking to achieve and try to gauge their responses. If they don’t respond in the way you’d hoped, perhaps you’ve chosen the wrong style and it’s better to identify that issue now than after you’ve begun implementing it.
Conversely, no matter what style you choose, as long as your team are fully behind you, they’ll adapt to what you throw at them.
5. Don’t Be Something You’re Not
Adopting a style that feels unnatural to you for the sake of your team might be the very worst thing you can do and it is the best way to fail.
Don’t pick a leadership style that you think you’d like to be. Take a good look at who you are and find a style that suits. Just like picking a good suit, if it doesn’t fit and the style doesn’t align with your personality, the suit will end up wearing you.
If you’re pretending to be something you’re not, your team will sniff it out a mile away and will have no faith in your leadership as a result.
6. Build a Consistent Style
You need to build a consistent style. Without selecting an actual style to adopt that’s proven to work, you’ll find yourself trying to work towards a number of unrelated strengths. That’s not a style, that’s an amalgamation of your key characteristics and no one can follow that kind of inconsistent leadership.
How do you actually land on a style that suits you? The simple way is to adopt an existing style that fits the assessment of your strengths. Take a look at some of my other articles about leadership styles to see if they look like the right fit for you.
7. Work On Your Weaknesses
I mentioned this point earlier on. While you obviously want to build a style around your leadership talents and strengths, it’s important not to ignore your strengths completely.
If there’s a leadership style that you think would drive your team to success but it doesn’t align with your own skill set, don’t chalk it off as an impossibility. Try to identify where you could improve on some of your weaknesses and become the kind of leader who promotes self-development in order to adapt to his/her team.
This will allow you to be the type of leader your team needs without having to pretend. After all, the success of a leadership style is directly related to how well suited it is to the team.
As long as you choose a style that suits your abilities and you have the full backing of your team, you’ll be able to find a way to make it work.
I’d advise that you choose a style that doesn’t only highlight your strengths but also allows you to work on your weaknesses and you’ll become a better leader as a result.