A leadership philosophy is instrumental in how we lead others. It doesn’t need to be a formal document, just a set of beliefs, guidelines and experiences that drive your individual style, one that effectively leads people to success. We’ve been through the first 4 tenets of my leadership philosophy, so lets wrap this up with 5 and 6:
5. Situational leadership: A one-size-fits-all approach to leading your people is not going to make them productive, nor will they be satisfied with your relationship. People are different and dynamic—they have varied strengths and areas for improvement. Because of this, people should be managed in a way that will bring the best out of them so that it will enhance the team effort. This doesn’t mean that a leader should be unpredictable. Rather, the leader should manage to the strengths and personalities of each direct report. From this mindset, the leader has great flexibility in how he or she interacts and motivates each member of the team. Values and core beliefs of the leader and the team should be clear.