My Personal Style
After reading through the different types of leader styles, I sat and analyzed how I deal with managing issues. I concluded that I am a Problem Solver type of leader. This individual uses a systematic approach to combating issues that arise. When a situation rises that needs attention, I figure out exactly what the problem is; lay out scenarios to resolve the problem and working toward a goal that eliminates the problem. I then devise a plan or map for the solution to the problem. I also take input from all that would be affected by the problem and even those affected by the outcome, and weigh that input when deciding a plan to resolve the problem.
Strengths and Weaknesses
Every leadership style has strengths and weaknesses. Being a problem solver, I can easily understand how spending too much time discussing the problem itself, and not arriving at a solution could be a big weakness. This weakness never allows for the problem to be solved, just analyzed over and over.
On the flip side of this, a leader that listens to input from their team members is also strength to this type of leadership. This leader then has a wide range of diverse views regarding the problem and possible solutions. The leader is subjecting itself to points that they or other members may not be able to see regarding the problem. This will allow for a more in depth view of the problem and possible ways to solve it that could be more beneficial for the team as a whole.
A strength to the problem solving leadership style is that you surround yourself with capable experts on the subject matter. You are not spending time attempting to solve the problem yourself. The overall decision may be yours, but having a team of experts allows you
to view different angles and solutions to efficiently get to the root of the problem and put the solution into place.
A weakness of surrounding yourself with experts on the subject matter is that you, as a leader, could become or appear to over accommodate those experts. In an attempt to please everybody you could miss the whole point, and not be successful in solving the problem at hand.
Over involvement can be a big weakness in this leadership style. Not taking every recommendation of your team members into consideration and weighing the outcomes of the proposed solutions, only to make your own decision in the end can turn out to be a huge mistake if your decision does not have a beneficial outcome or solve the problem. This is where over involvement on your side can hurt you, your team, and the circumstances.
Other weaknesses include the amount of time spent in meetings instead of actively working on the solution. The length of time it takes for solutions to finally come about is long because of the amount of input you are receiving.
While my personal leadership style is the Problem Solver, not everybody will have the same style. In fact, however many people you have in the group will probably be the amount of different leadership styles that will also exist within the group.
Group H in my Leadership Class group had five members, but each of us brought a different style of leadership.
Natalie Morice, for example, stated that her personal leadership style was “Delegator.” This particular type of leadership style is one that empowers the members of her team to make decisions and carry through with those decisions. While my leadership style entails me to take input from my team members and make the final decision myself, Natalie has her team members responsible for making the decisions while she supervises with progress reports. While her team members have accountability for their work, Natalie loses that accountability in the finale.
Empowering team members that cannot handle the responsibility or do not have the experience or confidence to make decisions or solve problems, can cause the...
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