Leadership sometimes becomes a reflex, rather than a thoughtful process. Take time to reflect on what leadership style* you use the most and when do you use them. Is it:
- Coercive: demands compliance-- Do what I tell you
- Authoritative: mobilizes people toward a vision-- Come with me
- Affiliative: creates harmony and builds emotional bonds-- People come first
- Democratic: forges consensus through participation-- What do you think
- Pace-setting: sets high standards for performance-- do as I do, now
- Coaching: develops people for the future-- Try this
* Take from Michael Fullan's "Leading During Change."
If you see over dependence on any one style, explore how you can increase your skill in using another.
Think of a situation and write a script on how you could provide direction using coaching as opposed to coercive, for example.
Reflect on what style would work best in what situations.
Enjoy your weekend!