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Which leadership style are you?
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Which theory or description of leadership style (servant, democratic, charismatic, transformational, situational, etc.) best describes you?

Why?
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Apr 11, 2017 11:58 AM
Replying to Bryce Tyrrell
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Servant + Situational

Working with a cross-functional team that currently is comprised of a mix of customer, business, and technical representatives require the leader to be situational. Along with the broad cultural demographics that the technical teams bring to the table means that your style needs to adapt on a case by case basis.
Bryce,
Servant - that was unexpected, but appreciated. I have learned that functional leaders in an operational organization need to develop a servitude attitude. They depend on others' results for successes, therefore the leader's role in the processes is removing barriers and providing support; servitude.
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Apr 11, 2017 1:24 PM
Replying to Ed Tsyitee Jr
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I think at the start of any project/task etc, all leaders are situational. They assess the environment that they are working in, the team members and chemistry, and the project/task itself. As it progresses, leaders should fluidly move between styles.

I'm situational, as it should be.
Ed,
Military Leadership has been defined as influencing (motivating) others in such a way that they accomplish the mission, even when they do not want to do it.
How do you motivate others?
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Apr 11, 2017 1:28 PM
Replying to Denise Canty
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My style is "democratic". This style of leadership includes the team in the decision making.
Denise,
Has there been a time when Democratic style did not work for you? How did you handle it? What could have you done different?
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Apr 11, 2017 2:16 PM
Replying to Philippe Schuler
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Situational. But I also recognize to be democratic in some cases.
Philippe,
Would Autocratic work for you in some cases? why/why not?
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Apr 11, 2017 3:58 PM
Replying to Edward Daniels
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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!
Edward,
Could Democratic work in the forming stages of team development and project planning, then transition into Charismatic style while executing and Situational when you are M/C the project?
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Apr 11, 2017 4:18 PM
Replying to Liana Underwood
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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.
Liana,
also team members expertise plays a part in how you lead them, yes?
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Ok,

So what thoughts on Manager vs Leader? Same or different? Can we be both or need to be both at times?
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Apr 11, 2017 1:24 PM
Replying to Ed Tsyitee Jr
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I think at the start of any project/task etc, all leaders are situational. They assess the environment that they are working in, the team members and chemistry, and the project/task itself. As it progresses, leaders should fluidly move between styles.

I'm situational, as it should be.
Give people something that is within their comfort zone to accomplish, and give them something just outside the comfort zone. The confidence of doing things you are comfortable with and the challenge of doing something you aren't should provide the motivation to do better. It's a play to your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses motivation.
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Since I would just with the situation and my professional relationship, I would say Situational.
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Depends on where you are on the project and the issues being faced that day. We all have to adjust to be effective PM's
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