Unconscious Bias in Leadership Theories

7 min

Your personality traits won’t determine whether or not you make a good leader. But they still play a role in how you lead.

To find your own leadership style:

1. Know your strengths

Think about what sets you apart from other people. Are you highly empathetic? Are you more persistent than others in the face of an obstacle?

2. Direct them to your team

How can these strengths help your team work better together? You might make a point to resolve disputes, or to motivate people when they don't see results right away.

Quiz 1 of 1

Your colleague believes that he doesn't have what it takes to be a leader, because he's uncomfortable raising his voice or interrupting people in order to make a point. Which of the following is the best thing that you can say to reassure him?

a
With time and practice, he can overcome his fear and begin dominating any conversation.
b
Even if he won't be a leader, he can still contribute to the team in other valuable ways.
c
He can practice other tactics to undercut his opponents, such as ignoring their suggestions.
d
He doesn't have to be dominant to be effective, and should focus on his strengths as he leads.

TAKE THE NEXT STEP

Write down three of the greatest strengths that you bring to your leadership style, with examples of how you have proved them in the past. How can you continue to leverage these strengths as you lead your team?

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