Leadership has always been about inspiring and guiding a group of people toward a common goal. While leaders throughout human history have acted on this basic principle, the specific actions and behaviors that motivate their teams have changed. Shifting social norms and workplace dynamics in recent years mean that "tried-and-true" management tactics of decades ago aren't necessarily the most effective anymore. Whether you're a brand-new leader or simply looking to modernize your existing leadership strategies, here are a few pointers about managing today's workforce.
2. Adapt to the needs and personalities of your team. There are certain personality traits – extroversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, etc. – that have long been associated with being a good leader. Based on her team's research, Jasmine Hu, Ph.D. and assistant professor of management at the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business, argues that effective leadership is more dependent on how well a leader's personality fits the needs of the team they lead, particularly when it comes to the team's preferences and views on power distance.
"Our research suggests that team members who believe they should submit to the leader's authority will respond best to dominant leaders who are highly extroverted, conscientious and less agreeable, while teams that prefer having control will respond best to egalitarian or power-sharing leadership styles featuring high agreeableness, or low extroversion and conscientiousness," Hu told Business News Daily.
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