Lessons from a Leadership Style Assessment

During Engage! Cleveland's Professional Development week, I attended Pixel Leadership Group's Leadership Style Assessment. As a recent manager overseeing a team of four, I wanted to learn more about my leadership style and how I can adapt to the needs of those who report to me. 

During Engage! Cleveland's Professional Development week, I attended Pixel Leadership Group's Leadership Style Assessment. As a recent manager overseeing a team of four, I wanted to learn more about my leadership style and how I can adapt to the needs of those who report to me. 

Prior to the event, I took a pretty quick online assessment about my activities at work. It included questions about my work style, my key focus areas at work and what I like and dislike throughout my day. 

I was eager to get my results and see where I landed on Pixel's leadership matrix. I know a few things about my work style - such as the fact that I feel reaffirmed by communication, I work quickly and I often juggle multiple projects at once. 

Pixel's matrix focuses on a quadrant-based style - with participants falling into one of four main leadership styles: Drive, Encouraging, Objective and Supportive. If you don't quite fall into one of those four, but instead sit almost evenly in two quadrants, there are also four hybrid styles: Scrutinizing, Dependable, Collaborative, and Innovative. 

My leadership style

Leadership Style

Based on the initial styles, I was pretty evenly spit between Driven and Encouraging - with encouraging winning out by 4%. 

I felt a bit more aligned with the Driven Leadership style, but definitely understood why Encouraging was top ranking, too. 

The Driven leadership style values taking action, achieving results and, challenging goals. While driven leaders are energized by independence, completing tasks, and problem solving, they can be drained by organization politics, slowing down, and being micromanaged. 

The Encouraging leadership style values social recognition, interacting with people, and freedom. Encouraging leaders are energized by having fun at work, building relationships, and starting new projects and are drained by providing difficult feedback to others, slowing down, and highly structured tasks. 

I saw so many qualities of myself in both of those styles - I'm definitely a chatty gal and love having fun at work while also getting work done and achieving big goals.

Looking at how closely I was split between driven and encouraging, I felt the strongest tie to the Innovative Leadership Style. 

The Innovative style values generating ideas, taking action, and excitement about potential. Innovative leaders are energized by leading change, generating enthusiasm for new ideas, possibilities and new opportunities but can be drained by focusing on details, holding opinions back and scaling back ideas. 

That is ME! Me, me, me to a T. While I wasn't surprised by the description and details of the innovative leader, I was curious to see if I could identify my team member's traits and their leadership styles. 

Leading across various styles 

After taking the assessment, I was able to learn about my own leadership style but also look at the differences in the style types and how that can impact the way someone works. 

While there is no 'right' or 'wrong' leadership style, all of the styles come with their own unique qualities, communication patterns, and things they value. 

While I am a fast-paced yet people-focused leaders, others are moderate-paced yet task-focused - or a different combination of those qualities. Working with the different styles requires an adjustment to communications and behaviors. While I be a fast-paced worker, I need to recognize that, to some, that quality can come across as being impatient. And, because I get excited about new projects, I can appear too optimistic and even disorganized be all of my thoughts. 

I enjoyed reading the section that Pixel provided called 'How Others Might Experience You' because it helped me put traits of my leadership style into perspective. 

Have you ever taken a leadership assessment? We'd love to hear about your results! 

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