Monday, November 07, 2011
One Leadership Style Not Needed
I was recently listening to the Catalyst Podcast with Marcus Buckingham, in which he was discussing his new book, Standout. He was mentioning his study of General Managers in a large company who all had very unique and different strategies to lead their divisions - and all were successful. He made it clear that those managers would be less successful if they tried to emulate the actions and behaviors of their peers, who led in unique and individualized ways. The style of leadership is closely tied to the strengths and personality of the leader and the strengths and personality of the team. A bigger need is to be aware of our own strengths and seek to maximize our impact in a way that is congruent with our own leadership style. A good question to ask would be, "When I have been most successful, what actions and behaviors have led to that success?"