Leadership Not One-Size-Fits-All

While taking a personality evaluation tool during our Leadership Academy session on March 8 this thought came to me: Leadership is not one-size-fits-all. This is because each of us are uniquely different and are intrinsically motivated in different ways. Some people are motivated by gentle encouragement and others are motivated by competition. This means taking a step back and listening to what the members of your team need and being willing and able to adapt to what will motivate them.

In my experience I have found that truly great leaders are those that not only present the standard “leadership” qualities (such as determination, innovation, and passion) but those that adjust their communication styles to the people they are leading. Building a cohesive team involves actively engaging with the members of the team and determining the best way to encourage, inspire, and motivate the individual team members.

Building a strong team not only involves finding the right people, but finding the right place for those people. As a leader it is important to get to know all of the members of your team and use that knowledge to provide them with opportunities to build on their strengths. We are often encouraged to focus on our weaknesses to try to improve them while we take our strengths for granted. Sometimes the jobs or tasks people are initially assigned to are not the best use of their skills. I find that author Douglas Adams described this well in his quote, “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be.”

Linnea Scherer is a CPA and accountant for Fox Metro Water Reclamation District. She is celebrating one year at Fox Metro on Friday, March 15. She is thrilled to be participating in the 2019 Leadership Academy presented by the Aurora Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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