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Different Leadership Styles in Business

In any business, there are bound to be a number of different lifestyle styles among your managers.  These often may come into conflict with each other.  Here, based on the DISC assessment tool, are some common leadership styles in the workplace. 

The Conductor:  Dominance

A classic Type A personality, these leaders are direct, with a constant sense of urgency and a strong focus on results. Conductors want to win, and often make quick decisions to get a competitive edge. The hard-charging style of these leaders drives change, values new ideas, and isn't afraid of confrontation. As a result, conductors tend to get things done.  Unfortunately, conductors tend to be described as stubborn, arrogant and egotistical because of their passionate desire for results.  It is important to remember that not everyone is a conductor, and people move at a different pace.

The Influencer

Influencers are the “cheer-leaders” of the office.  They are optimistic, people-oriented, and tend to motivate their employees in a less-stringent way than the Conductor.  Influencers are typically very enthusiastic and do not need to push to influence:  it is a natural character trait.  However, sometimes they talk TOO much and this can distract them from their duties in the office.  Make sure your influencer is always organized and on top of things.

Steadiness:  The Supporter

Supporters are the glue that holds your team together.  They are unflappable in cases of crisis, loyal and patient.  The supporter is typically the most reliable of the office, though no human is completely unaffected by many negatives.  While they typically create a calm, stable atmosphere, you must make sure your supporter does not put off any sort of confrontation that may in fact be needed for the good of the company.  You do not want them to sweep any problems under the rug. 

Compliance:  The Analyzer

Your office analyzer works at a slow but steady pace, determined to make all finished products perfect.  They want to get the job right the first time, and steadfastly follow all rules to the T.  However, this quality can sometimes be mired in obsessive perfection.  This in turn can slow down the process of the office and label you as too nit-picky or a micromanager. 

As one can imagine, most people are a combination of these leadership styles. Each have their own positive and negative sides.

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