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Resources for Leadership

March 1, 2019 By 0 Comments

We feel this program is so essential that we would like to share a few highlights. Once again, the leadership approach based on the colors gray, green, red, and blue. The self-description survey results can show leadership styles, as well. I want you to look at the scores.  

  • When the score leans toward a gray backup style, the leadership style is called Closed.  
  • While moving the green backup style, it is called Hidden.  
  • Next, we have the red backup style as it is Blind.  
  • We all know about the blue as this backup style brings balance or an excellent leadership style as it is Open.  

Each of these styles has a purpose and predictable behavior. They each have expected results and have appropriate use. 

  • Closed style leadership or gray backup may earn a reputation of being disinterested in the performance of the people or teams.
  • The Hidden style leaders, such as a green backup, will tend to agree with their followers even when the leaders disagree.  
  • Blind style leaders like the red backup will tend to be ineffective delegators because they will prefer to be in control.
  • Open, blue style leaders will show consistent flexibility. 

A freestyle leader will tend to encourage high productivity in self and others. They will accept criticism and may even solicit suggestions, feedback, and corrections. The program also identifies the stance or overall approach each backup color takes toward a position of leadership.  

  • Gray backups will approach their job in a reserved manner. They tend to avoid social and emotional involvement with their followers. When they are overdone, they may encourage poor morale among their people.
  • Green backups will not avoid responsibility, but they will show discomfort with conflict. They tend to make decisions based on smoothing things over when someone is unhappy, instead of taking care of the long-term problem. Sometimes this creates false promises that the leader may not be able to keep.  
  • Red backup style leaders take an authoritative stance as they use their time and effort to place blame rather than solving problems when something goes wrong. Over time, they may lose respect as a leader among their followers.
  • Blue or the courageous mannered leaders are free of discomfort with involvement or conflict and will not spend time placing blame. They will maintain the confidence and trust of their team to take risks for the common good. This type of approach tends to minimize the presence of fear as they encourage followers to consider well-considered risks. A courageous leader understands that trust is the emotional glue that binds a team together with the realization that trust is earned and not something that comes automatically with the position. They work for consistency of words and actions while maintaining an openness to change courses when appropriate.

Effective leadership equates the level of trust within the followership with openness and comfort to make changes. The driving factors in establishing trust and credibility are active communication that consistently matches leader actions. The result is an openness among all who are involved. Problems are addressed and corrected. Forward motion will maintain. The tolerance for errors within the results is due to trust and credibility.

In contrast, followers who do not trust their leadership will wait, take a stance, and tend not to believe what they hear. Eventually, they will sabotage a leader’s time and energy. The cycle takes a downward turn. Trust and credibility will likely collapse.

The foundation for this program includes knowing our colors with an invitation to blue as it encourages directive, supportive, participative, and effective leadership style. These techniques of staying in the blue such as self-talk can do a mindset of showing genuine concern and bring to a parachute of emergencies.

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