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Jan13
Leadership Styles to Meet Needs
So how can my colleague in the Pacific Northwest provide leadership and create a better environment for himself and his employees? What can he do differently to motivate and lead his employees?

Is his leadership in line with their motivation? Perhaps his employees would react differently to a different leadership style. He expected them to be self-motivated and team players. They have likely been trained to be authority or fear motivated. Can this be changed?

The chart below may be helpful in matching your leadership style to the motivation of your employees. If you feel like you are not effectively leading (your followers are not responding), maybe you need to better understand your followers and align your leadership style to their motivational needs.

You can do this by trying to understand what motivates your employees. This can be done in a group and/or individually. Pay attention to what seems to effect each employee’s performance. Is it praise from you? Recognition from peers? Financial incentives? Once you understand their needs, apply the leadership style that matches. Simple? Not really.

Leadership is a process. It takes time to listen, to show appreciation and to win trust. But the effort is worth it as employees become motivated to be more loyal, more skilled and more committed to their job. By listening and responding you will find what will motivate and inspire your employees.

The following chart was found at Motivation Tools.

Leadership Style versus Motivation
Leadership Style
Motivation Type
Motivation is Based on:
Personality Type
Efficiency
Limited supervision
Worker with decision making responsibility

Self motivated

Creativity

Leader of ideas or people.

Independent
Achiever
Thrives on change
High

Team motivated

Mixed styles

Goal motivated

Opportunity

Personality type and efficiency depends on leader's skill and/or the work environment he's created.

Reward motivated

Materialism

Recognition motivated

Social status

High level of supervision
Command-and-control

Peer motivated

To be like others

Status quo

Dependency
Resist change
Low

Authority motivated

Follows policy

Threat, fear motivated

Reacts to force

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Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Leadership Styles to Meet Needs:

» Managing Employees When you've Bought a Business from ManagersRealm
Hal Halliday wrote about a colleague recently that had bought a business and was disappointed in the response of his employees to leadership. Here is what his colleague said: “I end up being disappointed with people’s decisions rather than... [Read More]

» Managing Employees When you've Bought a Business from ManagersRealm
Hal Halliday wrote about a colleague recently that had bought a business and was disappointed in the response of his employees to leadership. Here is what his colleague said: “I end up being disappointed with people’s decisions rather than... [Read More]

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