How to adapt your leadership style in 5 steps

This week I’m answering this question:

“Barbara – I’ve been in a leadership position for a few years and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to change my style as it just isn’t working for me anymore. The thing is I don’t know how to go about doing that. Any tips.”

This is such a great question as it highlights the fact that your leadership style is not set in stone, and just because you might have been working in a particular way for a while, we’re all on a journey and as we grow, evolve and change so will the way that we do our work.

“What got you here, won’t get you there.” Marshall Goldsmith

Recognising that it’s time to change how you work is a great place to be, as all change starts with self awareness. Maybe you’ve realised that how you’re going about things isn’t working for you anymore, you’re not getting the desired results that you really need from either yourself or the people around you, or you just feel like you’re running round in circles. Whatever the reason, here are 5 tips to get you started

Analyse what’s no longer working for you

Spend some time really analysing what isn’t working for you any more and why.  You might struggle to see what specifically you’re doing, and may only be able to focus on the results that you’re getting. If that’s the case then brainstorm what is happening that you don’t like. For example – You’re working late everyday; you’re team aren’t achieving what they need to etc. This is also a good time to check in with how you feel and why that’s a problem.

Decide what success looks like for you

Once you’re aware of where you need to change, it’s time to look forwards and have a think about what success looks like for you. So if I were to wave a magic wand and everything was wonderful, what would it be like? How would you be working? What results would you be seeing? Spend some time nailing this down as this is where you’re heading.

Speak to your team, what do they need?

Whilst you’re going through this process make sure that you also check in with your team to see what they need from you as well. They may come up with things that you haven’t thought of, or you may be pleasantly surprised that some of the things that you’re doing is working for them perfectly.

Work on one thing at once

Once you have your list, prioritise them with what you need to focus on first. Although it would be wonderful to change everything over night realistically this is too much of a jump especially when you’ve got work to do as well. Also, gradual changes are often easier for your team to deal with rather than you suddenly becoming a different person overnight. Instead weave in a new habit to your daily routine for 30 days and see how you go.

Test and measure

As with anything new that you do, it’s important to keep testing, measuring and tweaking to ensure that it’s working for you and you’re getting the results that you need. Keep in mind that there may be times when your whole being is craving to go back to the old way of working. When this happens it isn’t a signal to drop everything and revert back, instead keep going and soon you’ll start to see the change that you wanted when you first started.

 

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