If an individual is on his way to becoming an intimate leader, then he must have a certain skill set that will help him navigate the tricky waters of the workplace. No matter where it is or what the company specializes in, each workplace has a cast of characters that can be difficult to work with or handle on a day-to-day basis. Intimate leadership aims to create an individual who is able to transcend borders, both imagined and otherwise, so that each employee feels valued for their contribution and more committed to the company’s vision and goals.
However, as diverse as our personalities may be; there are just as many techniques to handle the unique situations that may arise from various combinations. Below are the different styles that can be employed at different stages of becoming the intimate leader.
Any intimate leader should be aware of what they are leading, and this entails the company’s goals, policies, and beliefs. This is likely the first step one takes when becoming an intimate leader, as this includes the most basic of knowledge of how to begin to lead a team. Employees will not be able to follow or respect a leader who is unfamiliar with what the company stands for or what its end goals are, so it is important to become accustomed to every facet of the company before enacting a leadership role.
Similar to organizational intimacy, this method involves the leader’s knowledge of themself. An individual who is ignorant of their own weaknesses or strengths may also be unable to find the weaknesses and strengths of others. One of the largest components of leading is the ability to play to the strengths of employees so that the employees feel valued for their work and a company benefits from these strengths. Becoming comfortable with one’s own deficiencies creates a path to empathizing with others.
It is easy to misread someone’s actions and make incorrect assumptions, which can lead to issues in the workplace and tense situations. A leader should be knowledgeable about the intricacies of human psychology so that they may better react in situations and more fully understand the motivations behind an employee’s actions. Is he or she acting out because they don’t feel valued? Realizing motivations for actions will help resolve the situation.
Ultimately a leader can use the three previously mentioned techniques to lead the workplace. The company will benefit as a whole from a leader who understands their company’s goals, knows their strengths and weaknesses, and relates to employees to resolve situations.
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