For me there were many years of learning and getting acquainted with different management styles to recognize what is involved in great leadership.In business I discovered there are many styles of leadership that have both positive and negative effects on employees in the work place. The cool, calm, and collected leader encourages a tranquil environment with reactive radar that never soars. This is very encouraging to employees who work best when they are assured that minor complications or conflicting opinions will not result in temperament confrontations. However, enthusiastic Joe and caffeinated Sally might find those types of interactions boring and resolve to find employment elsewhere.
In every area of business an employee wants to be valued when they pay conscientious attention to their job responsibilities. A leader commits to learning what on- the-job skills and tasks are required of co-workers. The positive results of this style can reinforce the belief and acceptance that every co-worker is a link in the chain of productivity in a successful business. The only down side of this style is when it is misinterpreted by an employee who is over protective of their job. Sometimes an employee views a leader’s interest as a loss of job security. They question the results with “what ifs?” They ponder if other team members become familiar with their job duties, will their position in the company be safe?
A leader recognizes other leaders and allows them space within a team framework to submit critical opinions and decide outcomes of business ventures. This style motivates interest in other members of the team who aspire to be regarded one day as a leader. However, a leader must be cautioned to avoid giving another member of the team the STAR treatment if the only outcome breeds a constant need for adulation, credit, and a “my way or the highway” attitude.
It is important in business to understand that a leader cannot address every issue in the work place. Whether it involves conflict, attention to details, or accolades to staff as positive reinforcement, a great leader realizes when their input is needed and when it is appropriate to stay detached. Practicing this leadership style will always reap great benefits for a business and employees in the work place.