Let’s face it, everyone will need to be led differently. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to leadership. At least, that’s what I believe. I do believe that effective leaders will find ways that help them be more effective for the benefit of the team and their followers.
Will it always work? It depends how much care, effort and work you put into it. Some followers may be susceptible to the approach of their leader, some may not. It’s okay, that’s why it’s important for leaders to improve a variety of skills and abilities. Whatever you can do to make people, your team, do better, know better and be better then that is your job. To inspire, to motivate, to coach, to mentor, whatever it takes.
It’s not just about evaluating their performance to progress the team, it’s also about seeking out their potential. You’ve got to challenge them and grow them. Don’t leave them where they are, take them to the next level of where they need to be. Leadership is also a two way street.
There will be times when you step back and listen. Receive the feedback. Listen to what your team needs to progress and how they feel. Yes, emotions matter. People have emotions and it’s important you understand them and not just know them. Understanding something and knowing something is two different things. The better you understand their emotions the better you can lead them. Use your team’s abilities and learn from them. Learning is important for a leader.