Far too many managers are “one-trick-ponies.” Early in their careers they had success with one management style and now use it regardless of the situation. The result: They fail to get the most out of their team because they simply lack the skills necessary to handle the complexities of managing people.
The best managers realize that to be truly effective they need to deploy a variety of management styles depending on who they're dealing with and what they're trying to accomplish. They know that a "one size fits all" approach to leadership just doesn't work.
Great managers master a repertoire of six management styles, including:
1. Command and Control
The Great Managers correctly deploy the right style depending on the situation.
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Neurobiology helps tell us why executives screw up--and what they do to avoid it... When people win, testosterone is released. Repeated wins trigger the dopamine system. This increases creativity and energy, but it also heightens risk-taking and novelty-seeking.
Ways to Manage Clashing Leadership Styles
While managing the tension can be challenging, working with someone who has a different approach than you, can often yield innovation and creativity. Here are three ways to make the most of differing styles:
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