A calmer, more authentic approach to leading. The decision to be more authentic in dealings with others implies a commitment to personal transparency, and both introduce a calming effect on leadership style:
I think it’s essential to insure that you are being authentic to your own nature when trying on leadership styles, and this has changed for me. I’m more confident in what works, and I tend to look at my role now as assessing what a situation calls for and consciously choosing the right solution. I also suspect that I’m calmer.
Greater personal confidence in getting things accomplished. It stands to reason that personal confidence in one’s leadership style comes with experience in exercising leadership and being able to reflect on results:
I’ve transitioned from feeling insecure and unworthy to having increased self-confidence. I don’t let my self-critic’s voice impact me as much as I used to.
I’m more confident and voice my opinion more than I did when I was younger.
Greater attention to the role of teamwork and collaboration. A move to greater authenticity, calmness, and self-confidence opens the door for emerging sages to effectively engage in teamwork and collaboration:
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My leadership style has become much more collaborative, and I attempt to use personal influence more than positional power. Also, pacing is important. Sometimes it is okay to go about things slower if you can achieve the same result with a better process.
Early on it was always “taking the bull by the horns.” I’d just do it and get it done. As I grew, I figured out how to delegate properly. My experience in corporate America really helped me in this way. My leadership style has changed to relying on a team of qualified people to achieve the same level or even better quality work than I would do myself. Having an awareness of this is probably the biggest change in my leadership style.