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What Is Your Leadership Compass

In your professional and personal life you will come into contact with people who tackle life and work in a plethora of ways. In order to navigate the workplace smoothly, you have to understand people’s leaderships styles- including your own.

It is through this self-awareness and that of others that you can begin to coherently and accurately work with people on different projects, in different teams, and masterfully work together to meet your end goals. 

Understanding your workstyle comes from understanding what direction your leadership compass points to. By coming to terms with your leadership style, you can decipher what your strengths are and where you leave space for growth and improvement.

Are you a big picture type of person or do you pay attention to detail?
Are you all about the process of the work or the general outcome?

Maybe your leadership style encompasses a collective of different arenas. While working in groups and on teams comes with its own set of challenges, having the ability to comprehend where you lack certain skills will allow you to seek assistance where needed.

My personal leadership style is that of a North-East person. I have a tendency to think about the bigger picture and the long term goal without focusing on what I need to do to actually attain my end goal. I take charge and do not withdraw from taking control of a project. While all of these are strong leadership qualities it does not take away from the fact that I am not good at figuring out the necessary steps to get to the end goal.

When working on a team or a group I can take someone’s idea and envision how it will end up looking, nevertheless, I lose track of the right now and what work needs to be accomplished in order to actually achieve the end result.  It is important to understand your leadership style because it affects how you approach your work, and work with others.

So what are these different styles? Does your Leadership Compass point North, South, East, or West?

NORTH- ACTION

These are the go-getters, the ones with the “I’ll do it” attitude.

-Likes challenges
-Perseveres through obstacles
-Quick to act and express a sense of urgency
-Likes to be in control
-Decisive
-Good at organizing and motivating people
-Impatient
-Comfortable speaking in-front of others

EAST- VISION

These are the visionaries with creative thought processes.

-Tends to look at the bigger picture
-Able to think outside the box
-May overlook details
-Struggles to follow through
-Has initial enthusiasm and passion but tends to have a hard time sustaining it
-Innovative
-Likes problem solving
-Future oriented

SOUTH- EMPATHY

These are the ones who tend to be in tune and receptive to the needs and ideas of others.

-Tend to understand how people need to receive information
-Creates inclusive spaces for people to be heard and engage in the work
-Avoids conflicts
-Doesn’t like to take risks
-Good listener and facilitator
-Supportive of colleagues and peers
-Able to focus on the present moment
-Focuses on the process of a project instead of goals

WEST- ANALYTICAL

These are the analytical thinkers who value organization.

-Very detail oriented
-Tend to overanalyze
-Understands what information is needed in order to make decisions
-Uses data and logic to make decisions
-Skilled at finding flaws in an idea or project
-Can be indecisive
-Carefully follows procedure and guidelines
-Good at utilizing resources- working smarter not harder

Your ideal work team would incorporate people with every type of leadership and work style. This would ensure that all angles of your workload can be covered. You need the visionary, the go-getter, the empathizer, and the analytic to come together and make a project, program, or system the best that it can be.

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