How to be a Style Conscious Decision Maker

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Who’s the worst boss you ever had?  I bet a name and face comes to mind pretty quickly, right?  At some level you didn’t like some part of his or her leadership style.

1. She was distracted and made goofy decisions.
2. He came to work angry and chilled the input from the team.
3. She wouldn’t try some of our ideas to solve the issue.

Your way of doing things is not my way of doing things and sometimes that creates leadership style differences that can clash and create an unhealthy dynamic in the organization.  Communication and leadership styles are rooted in life experiences, brain structure, culture and gender.

So far we’ve looked at distractions, mood and confirmation bias decision filters.  Executives can also activate a filter when they are unaware of the impact of their leadership style.  Your followers may hesitate to make key contributions because of a clash in style which can lead down a path of sub par decisions.  You may discount valuable team member feedback simply because you don’t like their business style.

We communicate, dress, manage, socialize, lead and follow with style differences.  The key is to recognize and manage your response to style differences and not eliminate them.  Seek to know and appreciate your leadership style and the style of others.

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About Michael Shelton

Your Business Coach Facilitating Delegation and Work Group Engagement Michael Shelton has over twenty-five years of business and military accomplishments, including extensive experience with one of the largest, publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REIT). He is a qualified business coach with assignments in cross-functional work group management, strategic planning, unit leadership, joint venture acquisitions, executive education, mentoring, training and merger integration. Michael has accumulated best practices for building committed work groups from more than $4 billion of capital markets transactions and commercial property development. He served as a commissioned officer and helicopter pilot in the U.S. Army, and earned his MBA from The University of Arizona. Michael has served as a major conference panelist and is the author of Cash Flow Rich, Winning Ways to Evaluate and Finance Real Estate. Today, he helps business owners get more work group engagement as President and CEO of Shelton Business Services, LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona. Disclaimer: I don't offer investment, legal or tax advice. Talk to your broker, accountant or lawyer for investment, tax and legal help. I might own stock in the companies I mention on-line. My posts, tweets and other on-line activity are my personal thoughts and don't represent my employer or company.
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