Different Leadership for Different People- One Size Noh Fit All



· 3 min read
How to identify what leadership style a person needs

Dah weh yuh know bout d be a leeda?

In school, we learn about the different leadership styles. We do in depth analysis of which style is the best. We decide which type of leader we prefer to be.

But what do we take away from it? What can we apply after we leave? How does learning about this help us to be better leaders outside of school?

Ih noh really work

I can remember going back to my first management job, and reflecting on all that I had learned in school. Trying to choose a specific style to ensure that I was the right leader.
But it didn’t seem to work. I couldn’t maintain one specific style.
As I got more experience in leadership, I realized that my style was always changing. No one style seemed to dominate.
I started managing people from many countries, working for a company in Taiwan. I remember reading something a few months before. I had to go back and look at it.

Eye opening change

Dah Mi Di Hersey-Blanchard Model of Situational Leadership.
It describes 4 different leadership styles used to help you lead your employees. It's leadership in a way that will prepare them for leadership later on. Thinking about it, I’m sure that this could also apply when teaching your kids new things. It can help them to become more independent.

The Challenge:

Select an employee or a child, and decide in which of the 4 stages they are currently in. Then, make a list of things you can do to lead them up to the next level. Apply.

Di 4 Levels

Instruct: Commitment is high, but experience and expertise is low. During this stage, you should provide instructions that guide them to complete a task. This can help them improve and feel accomplished.

Coach: The guidance they received during the first stage, prepares them to seek solutions themselves. It provides them with guided questions. Yet, due to the stress of starting a new job or activity, their motivation has fallen.

Support: This is a critical stage, and it is the defining point. Either they are more motivated because of how far they have come, or decide that it is not for them.

Delegating: They are in full control. The ones that stay are motivated. They now have their own projects and make their own decisions.
If you don't have a business, try it as a new way to support your loved ones in what they do.

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