There is no question about it… in order to be a successful business owner, you must first be a successful leader. Running a business takes initiative, understanding, persistence, and the ability to handle a lot (and I mean a lot) on your plate. If you work with or on a team, it’s best to have a good balance and mix of styles. Here are the four most common leadership styles and their strengths and weaknesses:
- Conductor: These are go-getters in business. They are extremely goal-oriented in the way that their number one goal is accomplishing all other goals. They fight for what they want and stand up for the team. They are able to make quick decisions and run with them to get things done. They can be seen as intimidating and egotistical as they would much rather make a quick decision and move on than sit and listen to everyone’s opinions and suggestions. Sometimes those quick decisions can lead to mistakes and backtracking. Conductors may also get frustrated with their team members’ lack of motivation and drive in comparison to their own.
- Influencer: These leaders tend to be optimistic, motivational, and work very well with people. They are the team cheerleader, usually, and are able to bring the group together for a common goal. Enthusiasm is their number one strength. Sometimes these leaders can get distracted easily with excitement and can let feelings get in the way of important decisions.
- Supporter: The mediators of the group who tend to be very loyal to all and extremely calm and reliable. They want everyone’s ideas heard and everyone to play a part in getting things done. They can be indecisive and at times will completely avoid situations that may cause conflict. Procrastination can also be a detriment to this leader’s ability.
- Analyzer: These leaders like to know the facts and details before making any kind of decision. They ask a lot of questions in order to avoid mistakes and you can almost be guaranteed the job will be done right when this person is in charge. The need for perfectionism in this leader can get in the way of decision making at times. They can also be viewed as micromanagers from other team members and may need to remind themselves that not everyone thinks the way they do.
Again, having a balance of these personalities on a team is the best method for success. Look for yourself in these leadership qualities and remind yourself of your strengths and warn yourself of your potential weaknesses.
Until Next Time!
Bonnie Olswanger | Thrive Web Designs, a Boise web design company
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