How to be an adaptive leader by the Australian School of Business at Leading Company on 7 January 2014.
The main theme of the article is that no one leadership style can solve all issues – CEOs (and others in leadership positions) must be able to adapt their leadership style to the given situation. Most people tend to prefer using one style, but it is the leader that is able to adapt that is the leader that is most likely to prevail. The article also speaks to the need for leaders to create a culture that encourages “fearless feedback” – there’s no room for yes-men and yes-women.
Where the article really gains value is that page 2 has a section entitled “Throwing the switch” – this provides some steps and tools on changing a leadership style. My favourite quote is:
“The first step is to identify what needs to be learned. The more senior the individual is, the more qualitative and extensive the discovery phase will need to be, starting with a review of the skills and experience they have and the personal and business decisions they’ve made, followed by qualitative 360-degree conversations with a wide range of people who can share real insight into the leader.”
You’ll have to read the full article for some other thoughts on changing your leadership style.