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To grow as a leader, you will need to devote ample time to introspection. When you look deeper into who you are and how you act, you will obtain valuable information that will contribute to your future success.
While examining your leadership style, you may be wondering which kind of leader you are.
In 1939, the German American psychologist Kurt Lewin identified three distinct types of leaders. He called these styles democratic, authoritarian, and laissez-faire. Which type of leader are you?
As you would probably guess by the name, the democratic leader tends to encourage the group to make decisions as a whole. If you cherish democratic ideals and believe that the group should make decisions, you may be a democratic leader.
True democratic leaders let the will of the group supersede the will of the leader. There’s always a chance that the group may vote against the will of the leader. Even in these circumstances, the true democratic leader will respect the choice made by the group.
The authoritarian, also known as the autocratic leader, is the polar opposite of the democratic leader. Authoritarian leaders make decisions regardless of what the group thinks.
If you think of yourself as an authoritative figure whose will must be followed, then there’s a good chance that you are a textbook example of the authoritarian leader.
The laissez-faire leader is a true team player who tends to delegate significant decisions to those in the group’s minor leadership positions. This type of leader trusts their subordinates to do the right thing and supports them and their decisions.
If you’re the type of person that place has a lot of trust in others, and smoothly delegates work and decisions, you are most likely a laissez-faire leader.
Of course, these leadership styles are more of a guide than anything else. You may find that you are a blend of several styles of leadership, or even all of them, depending on the situation. Never stop analyzing yourself and your leadership style. Over time, your leadership skills will develop further, and you will become a great leader!
There are very few things that are certain in life. One of the few certainties we can expect in is that of hard times and crises.
Whatever the struggle may be, we are always in a better position to follow a pure and noble leader. If you are in such a position, then you know how crucial this role is. Among other things, leading through a crisis requires great courage and willpower.
Here are some ways you can encourage your team through a crisis and better equip yourself to deal with such a situation.
A leader that values transparency and honors it in his or her daily actions is a more highly effective leader and is undoubtedly more widely-respected then leaders who do not.
You want your constituents to know that you are not using your power or making shady decisions behind their backs. Be transparent with your team that you are on their side and that you do not hide anything from them that they should know.
If you let your emotions get the best of you and find that your moods are hard to predict, there’s a good chance that you are not a great leader and should not be leading in times of crisis.
Those with hotheads that flare up at every little thing are very dangerous to the team or organization, regardless of the situation. During the crisis, there is an even greater reason for things to get heated, turning this type of leader into a ticking time bomb.
At all times, but especially during a crisis, people need to know that their leader is a competent person who has faith that they can do the job. No one would have confidence in an unsteady and timid leader, and rightfully so.
Crises put a significant strain on everyone, and it is a comfort, as well as a necessity, to have a leader that displays fearless confidence. It is true that if a leader has all other qualities, but lacks confidence, then everything else falls apart, and they would be unable to do their job correctly.
Although there are many other traits leaders need to possess to navigate a crisis successfully, these are some of the most crucial ones. Be sure not to miss them.
Employee morale is an employee’s attitude, satisfaction, and overall outlook regarding their job. Employee morale can fluctuate as it is dependent on many variables. Sometimes a depreciation of employee morale can be the result of burnout or a change in management. It’s very important to a business for its employees to enjoy being at work. Thus, leaders are responsible for ensuring that the work environment is the ideal place for workers’ personal and professional development. Leaders can improve employee morale by incorporating the following into their leadership regimen:
Promote Employee Feedback
Poor communication is one of the main culprits in the breaking down of relationships. Leaders should encourage their employees to voice their views more often. By getting feedback, leaders can improve the infrastructure of their business. Employee feedback is ideal for a business’ success. Leaders should actively listen to their employees and encourage them to participate in work meetings. By doing this, leaders can accommodate their employees, making work more suitable for their employee’s needs. Feedback can also be in regard to a leader’s leadership style. Leaders shouldn’t take this personally or get defensive. Instead, they should maintain an open mind and reciprocate effective changes immediately.
Ineffective delegation of tasks can lead to negative employee morale. Each employee should be matched with appropriate tasks reflective of each person’s abilities and level of experience. Employees may interpret improper delegation as a lack of trust. Employees should be given more “challenging” projects if they show good work performance. This helps each worker grow and improve their skills instead of remaining at the same level of experience. It also shows that their leader trusts in their experience and competence to successfully complete the task. Also, employees tend to get bored when they aren’t challenged in their work and aren’t being in mentally stimulated enough. So, proper delegation should remain a priority to keep employees invested in their work assignments.
Create an Effective Incentive Plan
Employee morale may fluctuate or decrease if employees feel overlooked or underappreciated. Leaders can show appreciation to their workers by giving direct and specific recognition. Instead of saying a simple “Thank you”, leaders can address the person on the specific job they did and their contribution. Another way to show appreciation is to institute an effective incentive plan. Leaders can set milestones and gifts for each milestone reached. Also, leaders should consider giving bonuses or perhaps giving out more promotions.
About Jason William Kumpf
Jason William Kumpf has worked in international business for over a decade. With involvement in global real estate sectors, the expat sector, ecommerce, and finance, it is safe to say that Jason William Kumpf is a well-rounded businessman. By having a hand in multiple sectors of various international and national markets, Jason has built an incredible network of global professionals that include recognizable Fortune 500 companies as well as young, burgeoning startups.
Jason William Kumpf is Co-Chairman for an international California Trade and Business Networked called Cal Trade. To expand his reach, he also serves on the Young Members Board for FIABCI International Real Estate Foundation, a French entity with active chapters in 48 different countries. In addition to these positions, Kumpf is the Director of Alliance Partnerships at USForex Inc which works toward creating better exchange rates for several international ecommerce markets. Similarly, Jason William Kumpf is the Director of Partnerships at OFX, also in the international currency exchange rate industry, working towards the acquiring the best exchange rates available for his international clients.
In addition to Jason’s work internationally in the foreign exchange markets, he has also taken a great interest in tech startups. He has a passion for taking an outside look at complex issues and creating tangible solutions to better the overall structure of a new company. Because of his extensive training in a wide range of industries, and because of his energetic and positive spirit, Jason William Kumpf is able to not only craft great business strategy but motivate his teams as well.
Having spent nearly 20 years studying abroad and working internationally, Jason William Kumpf has seen many sides of business, negotiating, and leadership. For this reason, he feels it is incredibly important that he pass on the information he’s gained over the years to those looking to grow within the international exchange rate markets. Having a strong leadership style is valuable, but having the ability to adapt that leadership style to meet the needs of any market you’re working in is a priceless skill that will take anyone with the right drive far in life. Jason William Kumpf hopes to inspire some of this leadership in a new generation of young and talented industry members.
As Jason William Kumpf enters the next stage of his career, he looks towards opening new doors for leadership training and business strategy opportunities. If you’re a young tech startup or just looking for some leadership style advice, Jason William Kumpf’s new blog will act as a great resource. Without sharing what works, progress cannot be made, and Jason William Kumpf is dedicated to not only continuing a successful career for himself, but to see this reality happen for others.
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