Leading through self-awareness

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What you'll learn:

How to use behavioral data to identify your leadership tendencies and tailor your leadership style to better suit your employees.

Tailoring your leadership style

Why does knowing yourself matter when it comes to leading others? Whether it’s delegation, feedback, or communication in general, how you operate impacts how your employees interact with you. Don’t believe us? A survey of more than 5,000 employees reported that 99.9% of employees felt that good managers are self-aware.

But self-awareness alone won’t improve your leadership. You have to put that awareness into action. This includes understanding how to manage employees who might not have the same style as you. Every person is unique, and your leadership should be tailored to make sure you’re getting the most out of your team. For example, if you’re an exploring leader who’s pushing for a large change from your team, it’s likely you’ll have some employees eager to jump on board. However, those with a stabilizing style might need more time to process the change or require a more in-depth explanation of why this change is vital to the company. Below are some additional examples of common leadership adjustments you might need to make when working with diverse personalities.

Some people will want to talk things through on the spot where others might want it in writing first to process.

Some people might need more clarity around expectations where others might just need a high level idea.

Some people work better independently. Consider how work can be delegated in a manner that might fit the team’s preferences better.

These actions might not always be clear, though. The PI Management Strategy Guide offers effective ways to interact with, encourage, and delegate tasks to each employee. These practical insights will help build rapport with your team, ultimately leading to better performance. Because each employee is unique, we suggest you sit down with each employee and confirm they prefer these strategies, then come up with a plan on how you can improve the way you work together. Consider everything from what they need to succeed and how you might be a blocker or successful in leading them. Below is an example of aligning with your employees and how understanding their behavioral drives can help.

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