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By Kristeen Bullwinkle & The Talent Gear Team | November 23, 2015
Some people need to see their leader's energy going towards a goal before they'll invest their own. A leader's mood can influence the entire team. Everyone loves to feel needed and part of something greater than themselves. Energizing leadership invites others in, welcomes them to the party, and celebrates everyone's successes. Making time for teambuilding events, socializing and off-site meetings can engage your team and align their efforts towards a shared vision.
Recommended reading: 8 simple steps to build a great, committed team, Virtual Workplace
People-oriented individuals, like the energizing leader, make connections with ease. They enjoy being connectors--introducing like-minded people. Others have to do it more deliberately. Building networks can feel manipulative, insincere or way too time consuming. But acting in isolation is lonely and ineffective. By including others within your organization and outside of it into your world, you have a ready source of feedback, new ideas, challenges to your way of thinking, and alerts to new opportunities.
Recommended reading: How Leaders Create and Use Networks, Harvard Business Review
Energizing leaders can have a hard time slowing down long enough to address details and obstacles. They want to simply trust in their gut instincts and get moving. Often a leader has to dig into big data and analysis. If a leader rushes too quickly, his followers might see him as distracted, disorganized, or flighty. Thinking out loud or sharing all one's ideas can make it hard for followers to know what the leader really wants them to follow up on. The questioning and skeptical members of a team can feel dismissed or unassured if little attention is paid to their priorities.
Liking to keep things pleasant, the energizing leader often has a low tolerance for negative emotions or conflict. She can let let her own emotions build until she becomes overwhelmed and lashes out. Or she avoids conflict that could have led to better decisions or to innovative processes. Working out difficult personnel issues or making unpopular decisions can be very taxing for this type of leader.
One more difficulty comes from a positive drive for movement and momentum. Dealing with process inefficiencies, interpersonal conflicts, and communication gaps can be difficult. At first these types of issues seem like speed bumps, but they can end up being brick walls if not addressed.
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