Leadership style varies as has been discussed earlier. Nonetheless, I have come so far to observe myself, and some of which were ‘known to others’ but ‘not known to self’ (Johari’s window). Through feedback and ‘team role’ assessment, I have been able to identify some personal leadership styles including; directing and supporting.
Most often I find myself in team of equal competence but not highly committed individuals to performing task. To get the task done and as leader or not, I support them by way of motivation, simple praise, positive feedback and sense of belonging. Many times, I adopt the pull leadership style, ‘come on in, the water’s lovely’. (Perter Hammond).
This to a larger extent will have significant impact on a team. It will bring diverse skills together, full participation and getting the best out of the team.
On seldom occasions, I use the directing style of leadership. Predominantly, when there is the sense of doubt and failure. It gives no room for compromising especially on safety issues, right procedures. Though it disallows consensus building, it keeps the team informed and strict adherence to what is appropriate. Finally, it has the potential to safeguard team members, and meeting task as required.