Flexibility is the Leadership Style of the Future

By McKenzie Schwark
Flexibility in Leadership

A team leader’s leadership style can make all the difference when it comes to a team’s success. A good leader can make or break a team and is imperative to retaining top tier talent, striking a harmonious balance between teammates, and ultimately to the team and business’s success. Since the beginning of time there have always been leaders, but leadership styles have changed drastically as the world around us, and the world of business, has evolved and changed. In the last couple of years, those worlds have changed quite a bit, meaning there has been a major shift in leadership styles to better meet employees where they’re at.

Flexible work schedules, work from home options, and better benefits have all been cropping up in workplaces across the country to try to retain and attract top tier talent and to better meet employee needs. Some leadership styles encourage camaraderie and collaboration, while others can be tyrannical and discouraging. The former seem to resonate with a more modern workplace. You may already demonstrate these styles or consider integrating them into your current leadership style for added flexibility.

Hands-off

You probably already do some form of this, unless you’re a micro-manager. A hands-off leader gives their team space to do their work and do it their way. Like all successful leaders, it’s imperative to strike the right balance between enough space and too much.

Collaborative

This type of leader is open to new ideas and allows their team to be creative and have input in both big and small decision making. Collaborative leaders work as a part of their team, not strictly as its authority figure. Collaboration can be hugely important to helping your team feel heard and valued. A good leader can deduce the best and most relevant ideas from a collaborative brainstorming session!

Builder

If you’re a builder, then you see the potential in your team and work to draw that potential out of each person. Builders are keen observers and nurture their team to success. No matter your leadership style, this is an important aspect to integrate for long-lasting success and to retain talent!

Visionary

This type of leader looks to the future and plans accordingly. In such a rapidly evolving world, a visionary can help anticipate and guide their team into the next phase.

What all of these styles have in common is that flexibility is at their core. Each style represents a leader who is willing to listen to their team, work alongside their team, and make changes to better accommodate their team’s needs. It’s likely you already put some of these practices to work, but may want to consider integrating even more!

A team leader’s leadership style can make all the difference when it comes to a team’s success. A good leader can make or break a team and is imperative to retaining top tier talent, striking a harmonious balance between teammates, and ultimately to the team and business’s success. Since the beginning of time there have always been leaders, but leadership styles have changed drastically as the world around us, and the world of business, has evolved and changed. In the last couple of years, those worlds have changed quite a bit, meaning there has been a major shift in leadership styles to better meet employees where they’re at.

Flexible work schedules, work from home options, and better benefits have all been cropping up in workplaces across the country to try to retain and attract top tier talent and to better meet employee needs. Some leadership styles encourage camaraderie and collaboration, while others can be tyrannical and discouraging. The former seem to resonate with a more modern workplace. You may already demonstrate these styles or consider integrating them into your current leadership style for added flexibility.

Hands-off

You probably already do some form of this, unless you’re a micro-manager. A hands-off leader gives their team space to do their work and do it their way. Like all successful leaders, it’s imperative to strike the right balance between enough space and too much.

Collaborative

This type of leader is open to new ideas and allows their team to be creative and have input in both big and small decision making. Collaborative leaders work as a part of their team, not strictly as its authority figure. Collaboration can be hugely important to helping your team feel heard and valued. A good leader can deduce the best and most relevant ideas from a collaborative brainstorming session!

Builder

If you’re a builder, then you see the potential in your team and work to draw that potential out of each person. Builders are keen observers and nurture their team to success. No matter your leadership style, this is an important aspect to integrate for long-lasting success and to retain talent!

Visionary

This type of leader looks to the future and plans accordingly. In such a rapidly evolving world, a visionary can help anticipate and guide their team into the next phase.

What all of these styles have in common is that flexibility is at their core. Each style represents a leader who is willing to listen to their team, work alongside their team, and make changes to better accommodate their team’s needs. It’s likely you already put some of these practices to work, but may want to consider integrating even more!