Friday, May 2, 2014

Finding the Social Balance

A balanced approach taken by leaders will provide the most consistent results. Being too social or too engaged in co-workers personal lives can have a contrary effect if the proper balance is not achieved. Staff members may perceive their leader as more of a friend than a superior at inappropriate or inopportune times.

On the other hand, a leader who has little or no social interaction with staff members can be seen as cold and distant and therefore loyalty, morale, and motivation can be greatly diminished. This is just one example of taking leadership principles to one extreme or the other and reflects that a balance must be sought and obtained in order to lead effectively. There are no clear parameters here as the variables are in abundance and impossible to define or categorize. Some individuals may respond more effectively when given autonomy and freedom where as others may do much better with clear and concise direction. Some staff members may seek attention and personal involvement from peers and leaders while others are more interested in completing objectives and keeping their work lives and personal lives as separate as possible.

The effective leader is able to determine the best approach for situations as well as individuals. The effective leader clearly comprehends that the same approach that worked previously with one staff member may not work with another or even again with the same. It is this ability to be consistent in disseminating and personifying core values while all along picking and choosing the best possible way to implement and engage subordinates to get the very best out of them and make them feel valued and appreciated.

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