It can be tempting at times to adopt a leadership style that you appreciate in a boss.
Want to be that amazing motivational leader who delivers killer presentations at the sales conference? Or the CEO with a knack for sizing up the numbers in a moment’s notice? Or how about that executive with the classic, outgoing style that has everyone circling around him or her? All those personality traits can be assets, but you’ll waste a lot of time if that’s not you, and your team won’t respond if they know you’re not being authentic.
Remember that you don’t have to be the most vocal person in the room to command respect. Instead, be yourself and know your leadership style. Understanding yourself can help you maximize your effectiveness, while staying true to your values and approach. A goal to strive for is to show up more as who you are in the workplace.
Which are more effective communicators? EXTROVERTS or INTROVERTS?
And the envelope goes to….both. Each style can be highly effective, if you manage the typical downsides. Here’s what we know:
- Introverts think they’re communicating more than they actually are. However, the quality of their communications are high
- Extroverts are the opposite. They communicate frequently, but the quality of their communications are typically low
Introverts, take notice and increase the frequency of your communications. Extroverts, work to improve the quality of what you communicate.
Either way, that’s style-ish advice for any leader.
What is your leadership style?
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