Your Style is... Directing
Your directing leadership style means you have high expectations for your team, and anyone who underperforms – may not be a good fit. You're a stickler for the rules and standards, which may discourage experimentation. You might believe procedures are in place for a reason and should rarely be questioned.On top of that, it takes a lot of commitment to win over your trust. You prefer to take the leading role in your business and make the major decisions.While your directing style means your team rarely falls out of order, it can still be an emotionally challenging work environment. It's important to know that for some employees, this style will give them the focus and drive to achieve. For others, this style may not give them the collaboration and partnership that they want and need."Leaders aren't born, they are made. And they are made just like anything else, through hard work. And that's the price we'll have to pay to achieve that goal, or any goal." Vince Lombardi3 Tips for Transforming Your Work Environment1) Engage Your TeamEngage your team, particularly when problem solving. Though you have confidence and experience, if you solve all the problems, your employees will not strengthen this important competency area. Let your employees know their thoughts are valuable by setting aside time to hearing them out. Additionally, stay open to innovative ideas – just because something hasn’t worked in the past doesn’t mean it’s not a possibility in the present. And – whatever you do – don’t immediately reject whatever your workers have had the courage to share with you.2) Provide RecognitionRegardless of personality style, everyone values sincere and respectful recognition of their contributions. If your team feels under-appreciated, they may become uninspired and/or disengaged. Get to know your team and the kind of recognition they value most. Know that there is a difference between extrinsic motivators (those that follow good performance, e.g., bonus, gift card, a thank you, etc.) and intrinsic motivators (i.e., being allowed to do what we're best at--our strengths, or autonomy, or achieving mastery, etc.). Use both liberally. ✨🤗💕3) Adjust Your StyleEarly in my career I was focused and direct. Maybe too direct. I needed to engage my team and allow them to fully engage and collaborate to develop their unique skill sets. So, I set out to become more collaborative, adopt a more partnering approach. Until I collaborated on EVERYTHING! Little did I know, the most effective leaders adopt their style to their followers. Great leaders, while consistently using their strengths, also understand employees' unique needs and lead them in an intentional manner. From this place of clarity, my employees soared. And so did I. Be aware of what each employee needs from you, and tailor your approach to meet (and exceed those needs). Who am I? Let Me Introduce MyselfHi there, I’m Cyndi Wentland, MBA, Certified Coach and founder of Intentionaleaders, LLC. If you’re a first-time leader or experienced executive, I've been in your shoes. I founded Intentionaleaders because I know what it feels like to have a career vision or goal...coupled with the uncertainty of how to achieve it. Other than keep working harder, smarter (duh), and well, harder--what are the secret ingredients to achieve those lofty aspirations? And how to tackle all those internal voices, you know the ones...how can I be my authentic self while navigating the varied political or organization cultures I found myself in? Am I doing this right? And if I am, why am I so stressed? Oh, how I longed for a clear path. And a wise, supportive mentor to guide me. Part cheerleader, part kick my ass, part educator--someone to walk beside me give me clarity and focus. Intention.Intentionaleaders is about this path, this partnership, this guidance. To achieve your leadership aspirations, regardless of where you are in your career. New manager? Senior executive? I've been where you are. I've learned the hard lessons; I've taught and coached thousands of leaders. I can help you find your unique path.Extra Resources to Be the Best Leader You Know1) Listen and subscribe to the Intentional Leaders Podcast with Cyndi Wentland. Each week, I'll give you the 3 decades worth of best practices (or the pitfalls of leadership and how to avoid them!). Tools, practices, tips and techniques that work and result in focus, clarity and engagement. Better than a triple latte with an extra shot, they're short, practical and relevant, let's go!🔥2) Want great tips for leading formally or informally each and every month? Check out my monthly interactive workshops for best practices in communication, influence, building credibility, and making an impact. You'll leave energized and upskilled with these 2 hour interactive sessions!3) Check out my 12 week course, The Confident Leader! Explore 6 modules that include the proven, effective strategies to an engaged team. Increase your credibility and influence while achieving results.See you in your inbox soon!Or start learning more now! Click below to hear one of my podcasts about critical manager pitfalls! Do you fall into these common traps?