Are you one of those people who wonder what personality type makes the best leader? You’re not alone. We often get asked this question, as many believe there must be a single ‘leader’ profile that guarantees success.
This question usually comes from individuals who are anxious about whether they will ever be good leaders in their own eyes. However, the fact that they’re asking this question shows that they have the potential to become great leaders, as they’re already working on their self-awareness and development.
Debunking the leadership myth
It’s a myth that there is one leadership style you need to master to become an effective leader. The truth is, great leaders adapt their style depending on the person and the situation. In this blog post, we’ll explore how to become more adaptable as a leader, and how to cater to the different personality types of the people you lead.
Insights Discovery model: understanding colour preferences
The first step in becoming a more adaptable leader is understanding that there is no one-size-fits-all approach. People have different preferences, needs, and ways of working, which means that effective leadership requires flexibility and understanding. This is where the Insights Discovery model can be helpful. It categorises people around four colour preferences: Fiery Red, Sunshine Yellow, Cool Blue, and Earth Green. Each colour represents different personality traits and communication styles.
Tips for improving impact as a leader
To improve your impact as a leader, consider the following tips:
Establish a daily routine that includes activities like regular exercise, drinking enough water, healthier nourishing eating, taking periodic walks throughout the day, and scheduling breaks for relaxation or laughter. By doing this, you set a positive example for your team and promote a healthier work environment. No one wants a burnt-out boss.
Remember professional development
Continually looking for opportunities to grow and learn will enhance your skills. Attending workshops, conferences, and online courses can help you stay up-to-date with industry trends and develop your leadership skills. Don’t forget to network with fellow professionals, as they can provide valuable insights and connections for your small business. Personally I currently go to a professional BookClub as well as a regular business planning conference.
Adapt to colour preferences:
Recognising and adapting your leadership style to cater to different colour preferences can significantly improve communication and collaboration within your team. By understanding the strengths, weaknesses, and motivations of individuals relating to their colour energies, you’ll be better equipped to tailor your approach and enhance overall team performance. Cultivating this awareness and flexibility allows you to connect with your team members on a deeper level and foster a more inclusive, supportive work environment.
Foster connection with video calls
If you can’t all meet in person, incorporate video calls into team meetings to create a sense of connection and collaboration, as they allow for more personalised interactions and better engagement among team members. Ensure all team members have an opportunity to speak and contribute their ideas during these meetings, fostering an inclusive and supportive environment that values everyone’s input.
Respect individual differences
Support your team members in identifying their unique working preferences and respecting their differences to one another, as this can lead to greater job satisfaction and overall team performance. Trust that they can be productive in ways that are tailored to their individual needs, and encourage open communication to facilitate understanding and collaboration.
Embracing adaptability and continuous growth
It’s important to remember that there’s no one personality type that makes the best leader; instead, effective leadership requires adaptability and a willingness to understand and cater to the diverse needs of your team members, as well as the ability to leverage your own unique strengths and skills to inspire and guide your team towards success. By embracing diversity in leadership styles and being open to learning from others, you can cultivate a more inclusive and innovative environment where everyone can contribute to the growth and success of your small business.
By prioritising self-care, choosing personal and professional development, adapting your approach to different personality types, fostering connection through video calls, and respecting individual differences, you can develop a leadership style that brings out the best in everyone.
Remember, the journey to becoming a great leader is one of continuous growth and development. And it’s not always easy! Keep an open mind and be willing to learn from those around you, and you’ll find that your leadership abilities will continue to evolve and improve over time.
Are you ready to enhance your leadership skills and create a positive, productive work environment for your team? Don’t wait any longer! Begin your journey towards becoming a more adaptable and effective leader by understanding and catering to the diverse needs of your team members. Contact us today to start your journey.