Looking to up your management game in 2020? Don’t know where to begin? One place to start is with determining your management style. This is especially true if you’re new to a leadership position. Finding yours is important because it will guide how you lead your team of employees.
There’s no one-size-fits-all approach to leadership and different styles suit different people. It’s why finding yours can be a process that involves identifying these four areas:
You obviously know who you are as a person. But how do these traits inform your specific leadership style? Sometimes, it’s hard to be objective about yourself, so think about what other colleagues and past bosses have said about you and how you work. It’s important to figure this out because your unique personality – whether it’s outgoing and friendly, creative and impulsive, or quiet and reserved – will play a big part in how you lead and how you’re comfortable managing your people.
Your vision and values.
It’s important to have a clear vision and values in place. These will not only inform how you prioritize and lead your people, but how your employees view you. If they’re unclear about goals and expectations, then they’re not going to have a lot of faith in you as a leader. That’s why it’s so important in the year ahead to identify specific objectives and which values are most important to you as a leader and then communicate those to your team.
It can be hard to admit the areas where you fall short. But every leader has some weaknesses. And when you know what yours are, you’ll be able to hire those people who can fill that gap, strengthening your team overall. You can also use your knowledge of your weaknesses to improve and advance your leadership abilities overall. Being transparent about these with your team will also set an example so they too feel comfortable admitting their weaknesses and taking steps to correct them.
Your role models.
As a leader, it’s important to have mentors and advisors. These are people you can turn to for questions, advice and to simply act as a sounding board when you’re not sure what steps to take ahead. Not only should your role models be people you’re interacting with, but also those in the public eye that you’re reading about and learning from. This will help you to grow as a leader so you can further hone your management style in the year ahead.
Is part of your plan for 2020 to hire new people for your team?
Future Force can help. As one of the top temp-to-hire staffing services in Orlando, we can help you source, screen, recruit and test out employees on a temporary basis, before making a full-time commitment. Contact us today to get started!