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EP 21: Be the Leader the Situation Needs (Not All Things to All People)

July 27, 2022 Dr. Cynthia Howard Episode 21
Work Smart Club
EP 21: Be the Leader the Situation Needs (Not All Things to All People)
Show Notes

If done right, leadership can be one of the most rewarding opportunities of all time. Being an authentic leader requires introspection and invites you to continuously learn and grow on the job. However, so many leaders do themselves the disservice of getting caught up in the theory and, in an attempt to be everything to everyone, settle on a singular leadership style that most likely won’t translate into every given situation. Today, we delve into the traps leaders can fall into by committing to the theory of leadership, rather than developing an authentic, versatile leadership style. You’ll discover what it means to be a situational leader who hones in on their unique strengths and personality to build trust and adapt to whatever situation may arise! Tune in to find out how to stop being all things to all people and, instead, become a credible leader who knows how to set boundaries, plan, and adapt.

Key Points From This Episode:

  • What a situational leader is and why you should aim to be one!
  • How to draw from various leadership models and apply them to your unique situation.
  • The importance of developing an authentic leadership style.
  • How the servant leadership style is often misunderstood and misrepresented.
  • A healthy alternative to servant leadership.
  • How the digital age has accelerated operations and affected leadership.
  • How to stop being all things to all people!
  • Leadership as action, not theory.
  • The intrinsic role of personality in leadership.
  • Debunking common misconceptions about the goal of leadership.
  • How to use your unique strengths to build trust.
  • What makes a leader credible and trustworthy.
  • The two most important EQ skills in leadership: assertiveness and independent thinking.
  • Listening as a problem-solving tool.
  • The importance of introspection and modeling your expectations as a leader.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Cynthia Howard on LinkedIn

Work Smart Consulting

Work Smart Club Network