Collaboration 28 April 2015

The 6 Leadership Styles Needed for a Productive Team

It is no easy task becoming a leader of a group. Depending on the situation, a leader with certain qualities must know what to do to benefit the entire team. For example, a leader that mainly focuses on building team spirit will probably not be able to handle crisis situations, and vice versa.

62 percent of top-performing companies say the most important factor to improve their organization’s agility is the right leadership team.

When it comes to building healthy and productive modern teams, the 6 Emotional Leadership styles are great to keep in mind, especially when using the correct tools in Conceptboard. In the book Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee show that great leadership has a direct correlation with emotions, meaning strong leaders can read the emotions of the team and change their leadership styles accordingly.

1. The Democratic Leader

Participation is key when working with a Democratic leader, because he looks to his peers for answers and inspiration. This leader will take a team vote for each situation or problem. Making all teammates feel appreciated and committed to the team goals, motivating them to work harder.

Use sections as a Democratic Leader

The Democratic’s Tools

As a Democratic leader, you will make great use of sections when working in a board. Set your board up in sections, asking different questions for your team to answer. Each question can be included in individual sections for easier navigation. You can then create a brainstorming session while using great communication to get to a final team decision as quickly as possible.

2. The Affiliative Leader

If you work best in a collaborative atmosphere that helps bring team members together, then you have the same characteristics as an Affiliative leader. This leader will typically focus on building relationships and bringing teams together, to ensure the best communication and trust. They’re great for rebuilding relationships and miscommunication problems.

Create ice breakers as an Affiliative Leader

The Affiliative’s  Tools

As an Affiliative leader, you focus on building up relationships in the team every day. Think of fun exercises that will bring the team together. Set up your boards prior to meeting with your team and create icebreakers or fun games to lighten up the mood before getting down to business.

3. The Authoritative  Leader

The Authoritative Leader is fixated on bringing the whole team towards the end goal. This leader is great when a new direction is needed to ensure better success for the team or organization. They clear the path by assigning clear and concise tasks, while giving the most support to their fellow teammates.

Assigning tasks as a Visionary Leader

The Authoritative  Tools

As an Authoritative leader, your favorite tool while working in Conceptboard is assigning tasks to your team. Assign tasks directly in a comment to ensure your teammates know exactly what needs to get accomplished. @Mention a specific person or group of people so they can receive a notification. Once a task is complete, it can be marked as done and focus can be on the next assigned task.

4. The Coaching Leader

The Coaching leader has great talent in building a team to attain long-term goals. This leader will find the strengths in each member and will thrive on that to make them and your team more successful. They think more of the long term and not just of the particular assignment that needs to be finished. Staying organized is important for this type of leader when dealing with multiple large projects at a time.

Create Projects as an Affiliative Leader

The Coaching’s Tools

While working in Conceptboard, as a Coaching leader, you can create projects that will be needed for the long term process of staying organized between each work assignment. Set up Projects in Conceptboard to hold all important reference information, and ensure everyone can access important information in one place.

Simply create a project from your Boards tab, move any related boards into it, and invite members to that project. Users that are invited to the project will be able to see all material within.

5. The Pace-Setting Leader

The Pace-Setting leader is very useful to have when your team is already highly motivated and knows exactly what needs to get done to get to the end goal as quickly as possible. This leader will set challenging goals for the team, knowing things will get done efficiently. They are more interested in the end results, than the process that was created to get them there.

Use Conceptboard as a Pace-Setting Leader

The Pace-Setting’s Tools

As a Pace-Setting leader, you can use one board to give direction and assignments and then tell your teammates to go off into their own boards to finish what needs to be done. Individual team members will then share the board with you to show the results.

Each team member can set their boards to directly show their final results upon opening by moving the section to the first spot in their boards outline. This way, you get to the necessary information right away. You can then go around the rest of the board, if necessary, to see the progress that was made.

6. The Commanding Leader

The Commanding Leader is perfect for crisis situations when fast and quick decisions need to be made. They are prepared in these types of situations because they have already planned everything ahead of time. Working with a Commanding leader, you know exactly where to find information and how to get support, so you have no problem completing tasks given to you.

Create a Welcome Screen as a Commanding Leader

The Commanding’s Tools

A Commanding leader can give specific directions of what tools to use for less chaotic boards. For example, you can create a welcome screen showing which departments need to go where and what tools need to be used.

Create clickable navigation board links to quickly guide your team to the correct locations of items in your board! You can also ask to follow a color code system or to only use text boxes for specific feedback. Whatever you are more comfortable with, don’t hesitate to ask.

Combine these different leadership styles to help you build the best team possible. A mixture of building team spirit, while also focusing on each individual, will make your team as successful as can be to reach the end goal. In any situation, you will have the power and knowledge to overcome all challenges.

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