Leadership Styles: How to Find Your Own
Leadership is not necessarily about managing. It is about having a vision and being able to influence people. It is taking an idea or a concept and bringing it alive.
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HAVE YOU EVER BEEN IN A leadership position, whether it was working in the restaurant sector or in the military? It is not as easy as it looks. I know because I served in the military in the Middle-East in a leadership position for a year. Later on, I was a restaurant manager and eventually an owner.
I recently read a post on Tony Robbins’ website “How to become a great Leader in Business and in Life,” “Leadership is not a zero-sum equation. When one person harnesses their powers to lead, it strengthens the leadership opportunities of others, rather than diminishing them. That’s because the ultimate definition of leadership is empowering others to become effective leaders as well.”
What is a leadership style? It is a technique used in order to motivate other’s on a team. It is how you provide direction and communicate, and how you implement plans. Your leadership style defines what kind of leader you are going to be and how your people will come to view you.
There are many, if not hundreds of different leadership styles which have been defined and adopted over time. Some have failed, others have been successful, and many are just good enough to get the job done.
Your leadership style says a lot about you. Your style is informed by your unique leadership skills. There are plenty of leadership skills you can exhibit, and among the most important are listening, communication, and problem solving.
Leadership skills can also include the ability to plan and manage projects and teams, and more conceptual elements, like the ability to focus on the bigger picture. Your style basically shows how you put your skills into action but can also reflect your experience and general personality.