How To Be a Flexible Leader

In Leadership & Strategyby Marc

Leaders who are resilient, adaptable, and flexible are hard to come by. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all management style; leaders must tailor their approach to suit the needs of various individuals according to changing circumstance. When someone who possesses these qualities leads a group of people towards a common goal, the results are nothing short of amazing. So how exactly does someone become this dynamic leader? 

Be Confident In Yourself

You can’t expect others to trust you if you can’t trust yourself first. Even if your self-confidence isn’t as high as it could be, it’s best not to convey that to your peers. People are much more likely to flock to a strong, self-assured person.

Learn to Read People

Leaders with high emotional intelligence are naturally great at reading people. The best response at any given moment is influenced by the reception of your audience. Being able to read people will let you assess a situation and respond accordingly based on the demeanor of your audience.

Be an Active Listener

Being an active listener ties in with knowing how to read people effectively. There is a great deal of sub-context hidden in everyday jargon; knowing how to read between the lines and decipher hidden meanings can give you great insight on the situation at hand. In any given situation, the more variables you are aware of, the more adaptable and flexible your options become.

Accept Criticism

By definition, flexible leaders are able to handle and even thrive in the face of changes. To be flexible, you must be able to recognize your flaws and learn from them. Stubborn leaders who insist on performing the same mistakes over and over are going to fail eventually.

Think Outside The Box

Being an agile leader means using fresh, creative solutions when all else fails. It also means engaging in new or unorthodox patterns of thought when faced with unfamiliar obstacles. Continuously sticking to same paradigms of thought in the face of old and new challenges can cause you to become stagnant.

Being flexible in your management style is a key part of being successful as a leader. Keep in mind, however, that there’s more to being successful than just adaptability. Qualities such as grit are arguably as important as flexibility when it comes to prospering as a leader. Behind every successful leader is a myriad of factors that work together to achieve the common goal.

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