Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading. To lead well, don’t stick to just one leadership style. Mix and match to engage your team and meet your goals.
Sometimes, you need to be the coach who focuses on one-on-one development, showing the team member how to improve their performance, encouraging them on their path to progress. Other times, you need to push the person into the deep end and out of their comfort zone so they can realize their full potential.
The video below perfectly illustrates this difference in coaching styles by showing how cats and dogs teach their young.
Ramya Chandrasekaran is Digital Content Manager for Networking Times. She was the Chief Communications Officer for a leading Asian Direct Selling company in the Pacific Rim responsible for PR, branding, and customer communications in key markets in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. She is currently a communications consultant for clients in direct selling and network marketing.