Leadership Style: What Makes a Great Leader in Times of Growth?

Leadership Style

As prized as intellectual intelligence may be, it’s not a hall pass that qualifies you for every position. For example, possessing a degree in education doesn’t mean you have the ability to teach. Or knowing how to build a house to code doesn’t mean you have the finesse to sell one.

Equally as true, great leaders in times of growth are not simply the sum of acute and innovative minds with the world’s best training. Their greatness will depend on their leadership style and, according to some research studies, their degree of emotional intelligence – the higher the better.

5 Elements of Emotional Intelligence

  1. Self-Awareness
  2. Self-awareness is the ability to identify and understand emotions, moods, and drives and the effect they have on others.

    Demonstrated by: self-confidence, self-deprecating sense of humor, and realistic self-assessments.

  3. Self-Regulation
  4. Self-regulation is the ability to manage or refocus disruptive moods or impulses and the tendency to consider before acting or passing judgment.

    Demonstrated by: openness to change, trustworthiness, honesty, and ease with uncertainty.

  5. Motivation
  6. Motivation is a fervor to work for purposes beyond financial gain or status and strive for goals with perseverance and enthusiasm.

    Demonstrated by: organizational commitment, positive attitude even through adversity and a strong drive to achieve.

  7. Empathy
  8. Empathy is the ability to comprehend others’ emotions and respond in a skillful and appropriate manner.

    Demonstrated by: cross-cultural sensitivity, proficiency in developing and retaining talent and service to customers and clients.

  9. Social Skill
  10. Social skill is the expertise in building and managing relationships, establishing networks and mediating.

    Demonstrated by: persuasiveness, talent in growing and leading teams and effectively leading change.

Leadership style will vary based on the individual and some will be better suited in certain situations than others. In times of growth, such as a merger, you may need a sensitive negotiator as opposed to someone who uses authoritative force. The culture and goals of your organization will also determine which style might fit best.

Positioning your organization for growth and other changes requires great vision and planning; and part of that is building the right team. Carefully consider what traits will be the most effective when providing training, offering promotions and hiring new recruits. With a healthy balance of great leaders and managers, you will move forward with success.