I’m a deliberate leader. I take my time and do my homework. I analyze carefully before offering solutions. My quality outcomes are highly valued and my attention to detail is hard to beat.
Sounds great, right? Yes, but there is a catch. Like all leadership approaches, our strengths can also be our greatest challenges.
The Deliberate Dark Side
Because I am a more private person, social settings can be unpredictable and intimidating. My need to maintain self-control in these environments can be quite exhausting.
I confess to sometimes overlooking the emotional needs of others. My straightforward approach to feedback can seem critical. I tend to dislike times when I must make an emotional appeal, especially if I don’t think an idea has merit.
I hate to appear vulnerable. Revealing a flaw or fear feels threatening. I don’t want anyone to think I’m incapable.
My beautifully crafted arguments favor logic over emotion and are a source of personal satisfaction. If you challenge my assumptions it will be hard for me to admit that your path might be better.
I value privacy and personal space. It’s not unusual for my office door to be closed to eliminate distractions and reduce interruptions.
My deliberate approach is conscientious and disciplined.
Lessons from My Deliberate Approach
If you struggle to get things right, separate emotions from facts, or provide evidence to support your arguments you could learn some lessons from me. Here are three.
- Communicate Differently. Too many leaders believe that passion is enough to get people excited about a new idea. While some team members will resonate with this approach, many others would prefer to have more clarity. Take time to plan by developing a few key points to emphasize. Slow the pace of your delivery and help people connect the dots between your message and their situation.
- Prepare. When leaders do their homework, it shows. Ideas are more focused and clearer. Analysis is done before the plans are announced so questions can be addressed with more than a promise that “it will all work out.” Detailed explanations can accompany the big ideas showing everyone you have anticipated their concerns.
- Replace Madness with Methods. Take time to research what is already working and how to leverage the organization’s strengths. Encourage dialogue with everyone who might be impacted. Make it a priority to get things right, especially early in the process. Keep tabs on the processes and adjust them as needed.
Being deliberate is about great outcomes. People know what to expect. The ambiguity that permeates today’s workplaces will be addressed head-on. Processes will be clear and people will be held accountable. The work environment will be stable and productive. Sounds like a recipe for success.
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