Labeling is a process of giving an individual a title they have not chosen for themselves. This title carries with it preconceived ideas, and characteristics about the individual.
Positive effects of putting people in boxes
Labeling can be done from a positive or negative perspective. There are many positive sides of labeling. When you’ve a certain label you can feel being part of a group. You feel save as who you are has a name and is clear. When you use positive labels, like hard-working, inspiring, promising, and so on, you’ll be encouraged to achieve more since these positive words make you feel good about yourself. Human beings need clarity and putting people in boxes gives that clarity.
Negative effects of putting people in boxes
Labeling has also it downsides. In society, labeling is often based on prejudices. When you see somebody with a lot of tattoos you might label him/her differently than somebody who wears a nice suit, without knowing any of those two. People can be excluded from groups as there is no fit and they have the wrong label. In order to belong to a group, you might start faking who you are in order to get the right label to enter. Negative labeling has a negative impact on your potential. If you believe you’re useless, your actions and thoughts are the cause.
Leadership skills allow you to carry out a task with determined results. Developing your leadership skills is important in order to become a good leader. The required leadership skills can depend on time, country and organization and is partly related to the preferred leadership style.
10 leadership skills needed in the future
The book ‘Leaders make the future’ provides 10 leadership skillset needed in the future:
- The MakerInstinct: The ability to exploit your inner drive to build and grow things.
- Clarity: The ability to see through messes and contradictions to a future that others cannot yet see.
- Dilemma Flipping: The ability to turn dilemmas into advantages and opportunities.
- Immersive Learning: The ability to immerse yourself in unfamiliar environments.
- Bio-empathy: The ability to see things from nature’s point of view.
- Constructive Depolarizing: The ability to calm tense situations where differences dominate and communication is broken down.
- Quiet Transparency: The ability to be open and authentic about what matters.
- Rapid Prototyping: The ability to create quick, early versions of innovations, with the expectation that later success will require early failures.
- Smart-mob Organizing: The ability to create, engage with, and nurture purposeful business or social change networks through intelligent use of electronic and other media.
- Commons Creating: The ability to seed, nurture and grow shared assets that can benefit all players— and allow competition at a higher level.
How to develop leadership skills?
How can you develop these skills? The first and most important point is curiosity. By being curious you learn new things. So, start reading books (or book summaries), watch interesting videos and ask questions all the time. But, by being curious only you don’t develop a skill. That part is done by putting the things into practice. Don’t be afraid for failure, but just do it. You will recognize that maybe your first coaching session with an employee is not as good as the one you’re performing three months later. And you can practice basically everywhere: at your work, at home, when you’re volunteering.
In the Velites online leadership program you’ll develop your leadership skills in a practical way. You will learn the theory, but a lot of focus is on the practical side, where based on playful learning you’ll work on your behavior.
Lewin and his colleagues were among the first to make a distinction between leadership styles, back in 1939. The leadership style is shaped up by the characteristics and personalities of individuals in combination with culture. Also the goals and objectives of an organization play a role. In general, the leadership styles can be classified into 5 different styles. These are: autocratic, democratic, laissez-fair, transactional and transformational leadership.
Autocratic leadership style
In case of the authoritarian or autocratic leadership style, managers are in control. This is because they have the knowledge and skills to do the job. It is a real top-bottom setup. In this case all decision-making power lies with the leader(s). So, there is no input from the subordinates.
Democratic leadership style
The democratic style of leadership concentrates more on employees by increasing their participation. Employees are taking part in the process of setting goals, solving problems and building teams.
Laissez-faire leadership style
“Laissez-faire” is the French word for “leave it”. The laissez-faire leadership style leaves employees free. In this case, the authority to make decisions and creating objectives are in hand of the employees.
Transactional leadership style
The transactional leadership is based on the concept of a “transaction”. Employees are supposed to follow their leaders and in return they get salary and other incentives. Therefore, the transactional leadership motivates employees for increasing their productivity and achieving higher standards or targets.
Transformational leadership style
The transformational leadership style is all about listening to employees, motivating and encouraging people. It is about being visible for employees and having a vision about the team. But, it is also about celebrating successes with the team and being an example for everybody.
Do you want to learn more about leadership styles? Check our workshop ‘The President’s Speech’.