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Think, Feel and Act Like a Leader

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Here are your latest articles, links, hints and tips on being a better leader.

Think Like a Leader

Do you have style? No doubt you will be having a wry smile to yourself about this as we usually relate this comment to our fashion sense – or lack thereof! But style is much more than simply the clothes we wear or the way we wear them. Our leadership style is the way in which our leadership is done, expressed, or performed. Whether we are conscious of it or not, others will have opinions on our leadership style.

Feel Like a Leader

There is a high degree of subjectivity around leadership styles.  The way you feel you present might not be the way others tend to see you. So getting feedback on your leadership style is the most effective way of consciously addressing how you might develop and improve your style or modus operandi – your normal or usual way of operating.

Act Like a Leader

If you were asked if you could change your fashion style you would say – if you wanted to – of course. Becoming a better leader means you taking deliberate steps to understand and work on how you lead. Where will you start?
Defining and Adapting Your Leadership Style (

A podcast from the HBR stable with the usual incisive insights. Suzanne Peterson, associate professor at Thunderbird School of Global Management, says many talented professionals get held back from leadership roles because of relatively intangible reasons.

She argues aspiring managers can intentionally alter their everyday interactions in small ways to have a large influence on their professional reputation. She explains how to adopt markers of different leadership styles to be seen as both influential and likable. Peterson is a co-author of the HBR article “How to Develop Your Leadership Style: Concrete Advice for a Squishy Challenge.”
Leaders Listen!
This recent article from the Indeed Editorial Team gives a comprehensive introduction to common leadership styles and some guidance to help you find and clarify your own.

Here are 10 of the most common leadership styles:
  • Coaching style
  • Visionary style
  • Servant style
  • Autocratic style
  • Laissez-faire style
  • Democratic style
  • Pacesetter style
  • Transformational style
  • Transactional style
  • Bureaucratic style
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Leaders Read!
Here is a short, simple cartoon-type video that gives a practical guide to two different leadership styles – transformational and transactional.
Leaders Watch!

The Leader's View

In every newsletter we have distributed there has been a photo from somewhere in Scotland, but international events are dominating our thinking just now. The juxtaposition of these two photos illustrates two very different leadership styles.  One a man among his followers working with closely with them, seeking to hold them together in a time of war. The other, autocratic with the strong symbolism of being untouchable and detached. This image gives much food for thought.


Longer Read

The Sense of Style; The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century by Steven Pinker and published by Viking, 2014. 

The way we write usually shows our style but this book takes a different tack.  Psycholinguist and cognitive scientist Steven Pinker believes the time has come for a new writer’s guide for a new century. And he thinks that the volume and range of writing styles that we now see because of the internet and its global reach offer us new and better ways to develop and improve how we write. 

Apart from direct speech, the way we write to others may be the single most important form of communication that we have, so being more intentional on improving how we write is a good investment.  This is not a basic guide and is aimed at those who take their writing seriously, but it does give another important angle on a leader’s style.

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Reflecting on how styles evolves over time #90

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...and finally

...without a little reflection, there is no Insight Added.
"There's no right management style, be yourself with focus on what needs to be done and you'll automatically have to do less to be a good leader.”
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