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Crucial advice for managers: Understanding, developing your personal leadership style – WRAL Tech Wire

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Editor’s note: Veteran entrepreneur and investor Donald Thompson writes an exclusive column for WRAL TechWire about leadership, management, equality and diversity. His columns appear on Wednesdays.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Last year, I wrote about how EQ (emotional intelligence) has taken hold of modern leadership and workplace culture. Clients, employees and community stakeholders expect leaders to be more empathetic and compassionate than ever before. I still believe t…….

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Editor’s note: Veteran entrepreneur and investor Donald Thompson writes an exclusive column for WRAL TechWire about leadership, management, equality and diversity. His columns appear on Wednesdays.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Last year, I wrote about how EQ (emotional intelligence) has taken hold of modern leadership and workplace culture. Clients, employees and community stakeholders expect leaders to be more empathetic and compassionate than ever before. I still believe that empathy alone can look a lot like commiseration. It often centers on pity, not progress, which is why I prefer compassion instead. Empathy means repositioning yourself into other people’s lives. Compassion means caring for them without adopting the emotions they’re already working through.

It’s been nearly a year since I wrote those words, yet I’m aware that our present-day social and professional communities have continued to present an abundance of opportunities to lead with compassion. Executives are still managing difficult decisions that affect both the bottom line and worker retention. It has been a unique — perhaps once in a lifetime — challenge to manage the multiple responsibilities of leadership in such tumultuous, unpredictable times. Frankly, because we each lead differently. Our backgrounds and experiences impact the way we show up in life and in our professional spaces. 

If your direct reports and peers were to describe you, what characteristics would they point out? Would they say that you’re thoughtful, a great listener, deliberate, or meticulous? Would they mention attributes that you agree with? Or are there traits you feel you bring to the table that you wish more of your colleagues would notice? 

Donald Thompson: Word choice is a leadership competency – choose yours carefully

Above all, your job as a leader is to make the world better — to develop other people’s competencies and capacities, and sometimes, to do hard things with humanity. However, executing on challenging goals and initiatives from a human-first perspective looks different for different people and organizations. Even if you feel you have a firm grasp on the kind of leader you are, it’s key to your relevance and your personal brand that you take ownership of your personal development and take your own leadership temperature as you grow. 

Instead of which, think about when.

LinkedIn does a great job of summarizing the six most widely accepted leadership styles, which are: autocratic, authoritative, pace-setting, democratic, coaching, affiliative, and laissez-faire. Some executives and managers are aware that they oscillate between a couple or few of these styles, while others may feel a strong affinity for one primary (or default) mode of operating in professional spaces. 

If there is any ambiguity about whether your default style can expand, retract, or blend with other styles depending upon situational …….

Source: https://www.wraltechwire.com/2021/11/17/crucial-advice-for-managers-understanding-developing-your-personal-leadership-style/