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Hi there, I’m Farnoosh Brock and I give you tips and strategies that help you get ahead at your job. Today, I’ll talk to you about the importance of flexibility in your leadership style. This isn’t non-negotiable if you are a leader: whether you are a project manager or a people manager.
Why Should You Be a Flexible Leader?
So, let’s talk about why you need to be flexible. If you are managing people, every person has a different need, so the same management style doesn’t work as effectively on different people.
For instance, Joe over here may need to send you frequent updates about his work. He may need to get a thumbs up or a little bit of feedback from you every time he makes a milestone, and he may need to meet with you more frequently. Janet over here may not need t send you updates frequently at all. In fact, she may feel micromanaged if you expect her to send you the regular updates. She may be an independent worker and she can deliver just as good results as Joe over here, but you need to know how to best manage each person to get them to show you the best results.
So, if you can adapt your management style to the needs of your bright and hardworking employees, if you can pick up on what makes each of them tick and do this without compromising the end results, then you are going to be a true leader. You are going to be effective and they are going to be able to deliver amazing results to you.
Benefits of Adjusting Your Style to Others
The two benefits that you’re going to get from this are:
- You will be able to tap into each person’s true potential by managing them, or rather leading them so effectively.
- You will be recognized by your upper management because your upper management is looking for a flexible leader; somebody who is able to adapt their styles in times of change and uncertainty.
So, remember as a leader you want to exercise flexibility without compromising results, and that’s how you get the most out of your people as well as give the most to your company.
Flexibility is Just One Piece of the Puzzle
Flexible leadership (whether or many or just a few) can yield many positive results in the eyes of both your management and those you manage. But remember, advancement at your job isn’t only the result of hard work but also for the myriad social interactions with your management, your employees and your peers. Don’t undercut your improvements in one area by neglecting (or not even knowing about!) these others.
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