It seems like every other day there is a new book, article or blog post on the latest “leadership” trend – but how do you adopt a style that is authentic and works for you? Regardless of where you are in your career, it is never to early or too late to develop your leadership style.
Here are three tips to get your started:
START WITH YOUR VALUES.
Knowing your values is foundational to everything you do in managing and advancing your career: how you approach your work, how you treat others and how you role-model behavior for your team are all based on your core values. There are many assessments on-line to help you identify your values, but a few to consider are things like: Achievement; Challenge; Creativity; Helping Others; Integrity and Recognition.
Take time to inventory your top 6-8 values, and also see how they are aligned with your company’s values.
WHO ARE YOUR ROLE-MODELS?
Observe the women in your company and in other settings around you whom you admire. What is it about their style that appeals to you? Why would you follow them? What personal attributes do they consistently exhibit that you would like to emulate? Following the example of leaders whom you respect and admire can help to inform and define your leadership style.
ASK FOR ADVICE.
Take the time to sit down with one of your mentors or advisers and ask them how they have approached developing their leadership style. What has been most helpful to them? What have they learned about leadership? What does it take to be a successful leader, and what would they suggest you focus on to build your leadership style?
Remember: While there are some fundamental, tried and true practices that have stood the test of time for all successful leaders, authentic leadership is about self-awareness and what works for you – and not what anyone else thinks you should be.
Get started today in defining and developing your leadership style and you will become a more confident and effective leader.