Are you Reactive Or the Creative?
What is Your Leadership Style?
The Leadership Style of a manager significantly weighs on a firm’s performance.
A study conducted across half a million firms showed that the top 10% of high-performing firms had managers and founders that scored in the top 20% in leadership effectiveness. In contrast, the companies that scored in the bottom 10% had leaders score in the bottom 30% of leadership effectiveness.
Therefore, a company needs to evaluate its managers’ leadership effectiveness. For that, it is vital to understand the styles of Leadership. While there are several styles often discussed in this blog, we shall focus on two broad types that all leaders can we classified as Reactive Leadership & Creative Leadership.
What are Leadership Styles?
A leadership style refers to a leader’s approach when managing people/teams reporting to them.
Leadership styles determine how managers execute the path to achieving the company objectives while meeting stakeholder expectations and the team’s well-being.
A study by Daniel Coleman analyzed 3,000 managers, and they found that the Leadership style directly impacted 30% of the company’s profits.
Effective leaders inspire, delegate, empower and develop their direct reports.
Leaders fall into one of two categories based on their leadership style – Reactive or the Creative Leaders.
Reactive vs Creative Leadership
Reactive Leaders are those who decide in a reaction to a situation. They seldom think long-term. Their focus is on responding to the situation at hand.
Depending on the individuals’ inherent strengths, reactive leaders can be compliant, controlling, or protective.
Reactive leaders are a little stuck in the mud and are not good at responding to change. Being out of their comfort zone, they operate out of insecurity, fear, vulnerability, and self-interest. Typically, individual contributors having earned the elevation to the manager role based on their performance find themselves challenged to manage the transition from the role of an individual contributor to that of collective performance.
Research reveals that nearly 80% of leaders or managers worldwide operate from a reactive place.
Protecting self and self-interest is the priority for Reactive Leaders. Everything else comes next. As a result, their decisions, on occasion, may not align with the organizational values or goals.
Creative leaders are change managers. They work and decide in line with the organizational values and goals. Working with the team to fire new ideas, innovate, and look for creative solutions that can significantly improve organizational efficiency while keeping the long-term progress of an organization are a few traits of the creative Leader.
Creative Leadership invests in team building and development. They delegate and empower their team members to take decisions while keeping them focused on their career development. They create an environment that allows team members to learn from their mistakes and take risks. Creative leaders make for inspirational moral leaders.
The Creative leaders are more secure, positive, and confident and build an agile organization, in stark contrast to Reactive leaders that focus on the situation today with little or no long-term vision.
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