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Leadership Myth #4: Leadership depends on personality

Many managers mistakenly assume that leadership style is a function of personality rather than strategic choice. They believe that people have only one leadership style—the one that best suits their temperament.

Savvy leaders recognize that leadership is contextual. They switch frequently between leadership styles to best address the demands of a specific situation. For instance, they might gather group feedback about a potential new product line using a democratic style. They might adopt a commanding manner to respond to a crisis, such as a complaint from a key customer. It’s common for leaders to use several styles in the course of a single day.

To be successful, master the following leadership styles:

Some leadership styles will come easily to you. Others you’ll have to consciously practice. The more styles you can use comfortably, the more effective you’ll be.



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