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My style is "democratic". This style of leadership includes the team in the decision making.
Situational. But I also recognize to be democratic in some cases.
This is a really good one, my answer; "it depends" on the situation i find myself in.
My all-time favorite is to be charismatic or transformational leadership style, i love being able to help everyone connect the dots. The "oh" moment when they finally get it, what we are doing, why we are doing it and what their contributions to the success entails. It makes everyone excited to be part of the project.
I find the democratic leadership style to be very trying and Lord have mercy, very exhausting atimes, having managed projects where getting a consensus on weekly meetings was almost impossible. You can imagine dealing with stakeholders in that organization. I love for everyone to have a say and voice but people who join in because it is open to everyone task my patience!
It depends on who I'm working with, if its concerning my team members - directive if they are working on new tasks (thing they have never done) and coaching for the higher performing team members. Leadership style with the customer - tends to be more situational and directive.
What is important to understand about situational leadership is emotional intelligence, or another way to put it is know yourself and others around you. Situational leadership is great when the leadership is in tune with his/her emotions and those of others.
I see situational leadership much like having different children. You love them all, but you show your love differently based on their needs.
I enjoy any discussion on leadership and team building, because it is fluid and not rigid.
As a PM, why transformational does not work?
Honest answer... you said adjust meaning you do not change your core style.
The 1st Infantry Division motto is "No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great, duty first" sounds incredible for military operations, but it is devastating for projects, why?
For a situational leader, you have to know yourself and others around, meaning you operate with Emotion Intelligence. How do you read the situation accurately in order to define the problem to produce a solution?
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