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How Leadership Styles and Behavior Affects Team Members and Beyond


"It's my personal approach that creates the climate. It's my daily mood that makes the weather." -Haim Ginott

A leader has a demanding and complex role to navigate, ensuring success for the company itself, delivering results that count, and leading in a way that creates a positive, encouraging atmosphere for employees. A leader’s job does not stop at the door…

Unfortunately, there are leaders who are out of balance among these responsibilities, and skew more towards the focus of work production and profit at all costs at the expense of their team’s culture and satisfaction, or the collateral damage their organization may cause on their communities or the environment. Ultimately, this pattern of behavior in leaders will be costly to the company, as the days of employees staying at a company with a toxic leader and culture, and no conscience, are long gone. With the emphasis on positive company culture and pressure to be included on those “Great Places to Work” lists (locally and nationally), many employees are realizing they can find both job satisfaction and inspirational mentors in the same company, and make a difference in the world.

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Millennials Are Driving a Shift in Leadership

You can thank millennials for this movement. They would rather work for a company that has a positive company culture, inspiring and engaging behavior from leaders, and is socially conscious and employee-supportive. They believe they have the power to decide where to work, not just get a job.

“The wave of socially conscious and empowered Millennials will be an influential force on corporate America and Wall Street over the next few decades as they seek to align their values with those who they buy from, work with, do business with, and invest with.”   Barbara Gray, CFA

A New Generation of Leadership Behavior

This paradigm shift in corporate culture is due partially to the leaders themselves waking up and modeling behavior that inspires employees to emulate it in their own way. Companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are known for having leaders at the helm who inspire and encourage innovation at every level. They care about their impact in the world. Their cultures thrive on invention and expansion. Imagine if this were the case at every organization

Jeffrey Pfeffer recently stated in his piece in Fortune Magazine that “if more leaders shared the objective of healing humanity, both physically and psychologically, and making decisions that incorporated well-being and not exclusively economics—something that all leaders could do, regardless of their level or sector or location—we would all be in much better shape.”


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The Behavior of a Great Leader

Today’s transformational leader must balance talent development and social justice with the company’s overall goals in order to send the company on a trajectory towards success. According to organizational psychologist and coach Dr. Martha Gottschalk, “Leaders or managers have the unique potential to serve as an energizing force within organizations today. With their position and collective experiences, they have the ability to influence not only what transpires within our work lives, but how we process those moments.”

So, what do effective leadership styles look like?

  •  A leader must communicate the rules of engagement and team member responsibilities to ensure open dialogue and the free exchange of ideas. This participatory approach will minimize the risks of innovation while maintaining progress and excitement in the workplace.
  • A leader must demonstrate awareness that the human/cultural factor is the driving force behind organizational success. This is the awareness that leaders who seek to build individual and collective performance must have. Such a move is necessary for companies seeking a return on investment from the cost of hiring the best talent!

Now that we’ve had our say, what is your behavior as a leader doing to ensure the success of your employees and the work you oversee? Is your style making a lasting difference? Is your thinking larger than today’s metrics?

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Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson

Dr. Linda Ackerman Anderson is an international speaker, bestselling author, and strategic advisor to the C-Suite and change consultants world-wide. For forty years, Dr. Ackerman Anderson has been guiding visionary leaders of America’s Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and global non-profit organizations to transform themselves and their organizations to Achieve Breakthrough in business results, culture, leadership, and executive team performance. Linda is the co-founder of Being First, one of America’s most innovative transformational consulting firms, and, with her partner, Dr. Dean Anderson, a co-creator of Conscious Change Leadership, an advanced Body of Work that integrates personal and organizational transformation. Linda received an honorary doctoral degree from Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, for this pioneering work. Linda co-authored two cutting edge books that have become classics in the field of organizational transformation: Beyond Change Management: How to Achieve Breakthrough Results through Conscious Change Leadership, and The Change Leader’s Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Organization’s Transformation. She and her co-author, Dr. Dean Anderson, have published over 50 articles on human performance and organizational change, and are the co-developers of The Change Leader’s Roadmap Methodology.


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