Figuring Out Your Management Style
Applying for a position at a new company? Or, just delving into workplace leadership? Great! You probably know already then, that a major thing the company will look for in your performance is your management style. What kind of leader are you? How do you handle common situations? Here’s how to decipher that for yourself:
Know that you’re always molding it
Firstly, keep in mind that with every life experience and new situation that arises, you at a certain degree, must be flexible. Maybe a more strict and conservative kind of leadership would work well in a specific situation, however, it may not work in another. Especially if you want to broaden your career possibilities, you have to be open to gaining a little bit of management skills and style from every different person you meet.
Pay attention to your personal values
Now, your values will guide you to the best company and position for you - this usually should not work in the reserve fashion. So instead of finding a company you could get well-paid at and aiming to match their values, you should really take a look at what you stand for, and find a place of employment that would allow that to thrive. If not, what are you really working for? So whether that’s a socially conscious business or one that generally has a good reputation, make sure it matches the type of person you are.
Take personality tests
Sometimes, it helps to take personality assessments to get a sense of how you work. There are a few well-known ones often used in the business and professional world. For example, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator test, the Big Five personality test, the DISC test, and more! Keep in mind, these may reflect the general overview of your style, but they do take into account that you have several other defining and changeable traits as well.
Keep mentors in mind
Who did you look up to when you first started out in your career? What kind of managers did you observe you worked the best with? The worst with? Who taught you the most? Keep in contact with these mentors, and make it a point to keep getting to know others who are successful and more advanced in your field. Also, become a mentor to those less experienced than you. Not only will it help mold your leadership style, it’ll also keep you up-to-date with new innovations in your field.