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Leadership Styles as Per Personality

Your manager tells you about a new department the company will be adding that is part of the company's strategic plan to enter a particular market segment. Your manager would like you to manage one of the teams in this new department. Your manager has put together the team you will be managing. Your new team consists of the members of your current Learning Team.

To be successful in the new market segment, your team must efficiently accomplish the goals set by the company. Your manager, therefore, would like you to develop a leadership approach for each team member on your team based on the theories of leadership and each member's individual personalities.

Write a memo to your manager of 1,250 - 1,400 words in which you explain how you plan to successfully lead your team. Include the following:
• Evaluate the individuals, including yourself, based on the personality assessment.
• Evaluate the situation in terms of urgency, culture, and so forth.
• Determine leadership approaches, based on individuals and the situation. Highlight the principles you have applied from various leadership theories.

Here are the personality assessment results:
Team member one personality - charismatic, compassionate and highly persuasive.
Team member two personality - skeptical, critical, independent, determined, and often stubborn
Team member three personality - loyal, amiable, and willing to make sacrifices for the greater good
Team member four personality - gracious, have good interpersonal skills, and are eager to please

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1. Team member one personality - charismatic, compassionate and highly persuasive.
My own personality and leadership style is similar to this individual. I try to win the trust and bonding of subordinates via charisma, knowledge and experience. I often use skills such as empathy to look at things from other people's point of view and step into their shoes before giving them advise or instructions. I use my knowledge and experience to persuade or convince others.

Hence, this team member will be handled using transformational leadership. I will convince this individual to follow and trust me by showing him the big picture and longer term goal and vision of the organizational. He will help me in building trust and bonding among other team members via his persuasion skills. In other words, I will train him to become a future leader in the organization. Along with transformational leadership, I will also use participative leadership style by involving him in various challenging tasks, so that he is groomed into a strong leader. He will also feel motivated by this leadership style.

2.Team member two personality - skeptical, critical, independent, determined, and often stubborn

For this individual, transactional leadership will be effective as this individual is stubborn, skeptical and likes to be independent. ...

Solution Summary

This in-depth solution discusses and evaluates the use of different leadership styles as per different personalities. All references are included.

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