MeritTraclogo
Banner
blog

Which Leadership Communication Style Is Most Effective for You? Find Out with Communication Assessments

leadership

Which Leadership Communication Style Is Most Effective for You? Find Out with Communication Assessments

Date: 28/09/2018 | Posted by: MeritTrac | Category: General


In the past, corporate organizations were formal and uniform in structure, communicating in a top-down manner. This approach, however, is shifting with the millennials becoming the largest segment in workplaces across the world. This generation of workers brings a more innovative and out-of-the-box approach to the workplace. 91% of millennials aspire to step into leadership roles. This surge in awareness and motivation calls for new and innovative leadership communication styles.

But what are these new-age leadership communication styles? And how do you know which one is right for you?

Here’s a quiz that can help you figure out. Choose the option that best resonates with you for each situation to find out which style comes most naturally to you. If choosing between two options is difficult, then you might be using overlapping communication styles. So let’s get quizzing.

1. A new project is assigned to your team

  1. You communicate the roadmap for the project and assign tasks to each team member
  2. You break down the project into smaller tasks and explain to each team member to how to go about it
  3. You present the project to your team like a challenge and motivate them to come up with an innovative way to go about it
  4. You invite suggestions on how to approach the project and then choose one of the tasks to be done
  5. You call for a session to discuss the approach on the project and allow your team members to pick the tasks they want

2. You have a strict deadline to complete a difficult project

  1. You push your team by setting strict targets for each member and then let them make it happen
  2. You communicate targets to the team and explain the process to each member individually
  3. You inspire your team to meet the goal by acknowledging the difficulty of the goal
  4. You explain the urgency to your team, the approach to be taken, and pick one of the tougher tasks to do yourself
  5. You appraise your team of the situation and call for suggestions on how to meet the deadline

3. A training program is introduced for employees while your team has an on-going project

  1. You ask your team to attend the training but not at the cost of their performance in the project
  2. You push your team members to participate in the training by explaining its long-term relevance
  3. You share the long-term benefits of the training to your team and leave it to them to prioritize
  4. You share your own experience of such a training and offer to share the workload of the team
  5. You ask if your team wants to attend the session and let those who volunteer attend

4. You find that two people in your team do not get along

  1. You make sure that they are not assigned a task with each other - successful task completion is your priority
  2. You openly discuss the situation with them and push them to take upon a collaborative task
  3. You articulate creative ways to make them work collaboratively
  4. You involve both of them on a project with you
  5. You discuss their issues with each other individually, and then together, to resolve the situation

5. A team member is going through a tough time personally, and his/her performance might be impacted

  1. You broach the subject if the performance is negatively affected and suggest why it is best to keep personal and professional aspects separate
  2. You explain the consequences and suggest time-off for thinking and re-evaluation
  3. You suggest ways in which the situation can be solved and cut some slack for sometime
  4. You discuss the situation by sharing your own experience and how you dealt with it
  5. You have a one-on-one talk first, then ask others to help in making things easier for the team member

Result

Maximum ‘a’ - Authoritarian - You value authority, care for minute details and are result-oriented.
Maximum ‘b’ - Coach – You like to coach with the focus on the overall development of your team. You promote a culture where employees feel inspired and thrive in.
Maximum ‘c’ - Visionary – You are a thinker with foresight who rides on innovation. Your vision is often larger than the team, even the organization at times. You allow your team to work independently and appreciate risk-takers.
Maximum ‘d’ - Forerunner – You are a leader who likes to lead by example. You keep your team motivated by showing them how things are done rather than leaving it to them. You don’t shy away from contributing equally to the team’s goals.
Maximum ‘e’ - Democratic - You aim to build a culture of trust and collaboration. You are open to learning from employees’ feedback and welcome it. You encourage participation from everyone in your team.

Notice that communication styles need not be restricted to a particular type. You can employ a combination of styles to lead successfully. Scientifically designed communication assessments can help you determine which leadership communication style will work best for you, considering your own personality traits. They can also give you a deeper insight into the areas that you need to focus on - in order to be a more successful leader.

Take Our Communication Assessment for Deeper Insights