6 Leadership Styles: Emotionally Intelligent Leaders Leverage

I am a big time Seattle Seahawk fan. I bleed Seahawk blue and neon green. I am also privileged to partner with members of their executive leadership team. I admire their head coach, Pete Carroll, who has a unique knack of staying nimble in his leadership style. He is not just a commodity, visionary, or motivator, he is adaptable. Coach Carroll taps into different styles of leadership for different challenges and opportunities. Sometimes he is strong and commanding, other times he is collaborative and unifying. 

Your most effective leaders are multidimensional. They draw upon a leadership style to meet the needs and current mood of the team. They have a selective approach and adapt to what the team needs in that moment. 

  • It is a real time leadership
  • It is a new style for contemporary teams
  • It is not rigid or old-school
  • It is Emotionally Intelligent with a fluid leadership style that fits needs and generates a dynamic culture

Here are 6 Styles that Emotionally Intelligent leaders utilize to generate success:

(1) The Visionary Style

  • How: Cast a vision of the future and communicate what is possible
  • Impact: Creates a strong positive mood and belief
  • When: When changes require renewed vision or when a clear direction is needed

(2) The Coaching Style

  • How: Believe in people and emphasize on their strengths and gifts
  • Impact: High morale and loyalty
  • When: Constant approach always builds people's confidence
Each person holds so much power within themselves that needs to be let out. Sometimes they just need a little nudge, a little direction, a little support, a little coaching, and the greatest things can happen.
— Pete Carroll

(3) The Connecting Style

  • How: Creates harmony by connecting people to each other
  • Impact: Multiplies success by creating "win-wins"
  • When: Always creating unity and team-building, strengthens "team first attitude"

(4) The Collaborative Style

  • How: Values people's input and gains commitment through shared ideas
  • Impact: Loyalty and commitment
  • When: Constant drive for buy-in from vulnerable input and contribution 

(5) The Pace-Setting Style

  • How: Sets high standards fueled by vision and specific targets and goals
  • Impact: Creates clarity, enthusiasm, and focus
  • When: Focusing team every 45 days

(6) The Commanding Style

  • How: Smooths out flaws with clear direction and confidence
  • Impact: A sense of calm and confident terms
  • When: Times of uncertainty or change
Your most effective leaders are multidimensional
— SG

Remember: Emotionally Intelligent leaders are adaptable to each season, to each custom moment and encounter. They are authentic leaders, able to give advice that is genuinely in a person's best interest, instead of leaving someone feeling manipulated or even attacked. Empathetic leaders listen first before reacting or giving feedback, which allows the interactions to stay on target. 

Which leadership style can you draw upon today? 


IN TODAY'S FAST-PACED COMPETITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT, HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOU AS A LEADER? EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI), OUR ABILITY TO MANAGE OURSELVES AND OTHERS AROUND US, IS THE SINGLE GREATEST CONTRIBUTOR TO PERSONAL EXCELLENCE AND HIGH PERFORMANCE IN LEADERSHIP.

IN TODAY'S FAST-PACED COMPETITIVE WORK ENVIRONMENT, HOW EFFECTIVE ARE YOU AS A LEADER? EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE (EI), OUR ABILITY TO MANAGE OURSELVES AND OTHERS AROUND US, IS THE SINGLE GREATEST CONTRIBUTOR TO PERSONAL EXCELLENCE AND HIGH PERFORMANCE IN LEADERSHIP.

Honored to partner with Graystone Mortgage and deliver highlights of my Unleash the Leader Inside of You Keynote last week. Looking forward to speaking at the U.S. Probation and Attorney General Conferences this week, Emotional Intelligence for Extraordinary Leadership


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