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Athletic coaches provide examples of the entire range of leadership styles. Consider Vince Lombardi, who led the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowl wins. Lombardi is famous for saying,
“Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.”
Compare his competitive, no-nonsense style with the animated style of Tommy Lasorda.
After winning two World Series titles with the LA Dodgers in the 1980s, Lasorda came out of retirement to lead the 2000 US Olympic baseball team to a gold medal. If called upon to imagine Lasorda, sports fans are likely to picture him gesturing rapidly as he stirs up team spirit.
But fans are unlikely to picture Phil Jackson gesturing such an animated way. They are more likely to imagine Jackson drawing and studying detailed diagrams while keeping his emotions out of view. Yet the comparatively reserved Jackson, who recently led the LA Lakers to three NBA titles after coaching the Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships, is every bit as successful as Lasorda. Finally, considered Joe Torre in action. Rather than picturing Torre poring over diagrams, fans are more likely to imagine him offering a team member a reassuring word or a pat on the arm.
While Torre’s style is different from Lombardi’s, Jackson’s or Lasorda’s, it is just as effective. After all, Torre has led the New York Yankees to four World Series wins.
Four team leaders, four different leadership styles.
Is one way better than the others?
What are your leadership and influence skills, and how do you know to flex to other leadership styles to best reach your team members in their style?
Studies of personality style date back at least as far as 1914 when Swiss psychologist. Carl Jung first published his famous study, Psychological Types. Since then, many other researchers have examined style (e.g., Bolton & Bolton, 1984, and Merril & Reid, 1981). They agree on one point: While each individual is unique, certain commonalities can be used to describe and assess everyone’s personality style.
In fact, many researchers describe the style in terms of two dimensions, although the choice of dimensions tends to vary from one researcher to another.
The dimensions used throughout are assertiveness and expressiveness (Alessandra and Hunsaker, 1980). Assertiveness measures the degree to which a person tries to influence other people’s thoughts and actions. Expressiveness measures the degree to which a person displays his or her emotions when interacting with others.
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Leadership +Style = LeadershipStyle
Leadership can be defined as the process of influencing others to work toward predetermined goals.
Style can be defined as the way a person usually behaves when he or she is able to do things his or her own way.
Put leadership and style together and you get the definition of leadership style: A person’s unique way of influencing others to work toward goals.
The most effective leaders adapt their leadership styles to meet the requirements of individual situations.
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Years of Experience: 39+ years
Areas of Expertise: Leadership Development and Strategic Program Management
Dr. Axel Meierhoefer is internationally recognized as an expert in leadership development, strategic program management. He has created multiple courses, workshops, coaching and mentoring programs and facilitates as faculty for the American Management Association, The Training Associates, and directly for large companies like Johnson & Johnson, ASML, Bayer, and many more.
Dr. Meierhoefer has developed web-based and online education training programs that are distributed in several countries and many of his coaching and mentoring clients have gone on to extremely successful careers, including becoming CEO’s of renown companies around the world. Dr. Meierhoefer has written and participated in the writing of several books, is frequently invited to podcasts and media events and frequently provides articles to his audience on LinkedIn.
Axel’s company, AMC LLC has specialization in consulting for program management, quality improvement, organizational management and associated employee development topics for upper management and leadership with an emphasis in the pharmaceutical, biotech, and healthcare industry as well as high tech firms.
He is also a board member for Rutgers University Center for Innovation Education, an ICF certified coach, a Strathmore Consultant of the year award winner, a frequent guest for Vanguard university programs and other highly regarded awards and forms of recognition. Most importantly, audiences, clients, learners, are always raving about the level of engagement and the willingness to help, support and guide, not with the expectation of a return, but in a genuine interest to provide support.View all trainings by this speaker