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.
- Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders ! (rightways.wordpress.com)
- Leadership: Style Vs Substance (stevedenning.typepad.com)
- 12 Tips for Managing Your Boss (melaniebolke.com)
- The Secret to Dealing With Difficult People: It’s About You (crystalkeyministries.wordpress.com)
- “I’m the Boss, hear me holler!” (riotousassembly.wordpress.com)