It’s Okay To Treat Each Of Your Direct Reports Differently

Parents know it. School teachers know it. Sports coaches know it. Each of us responds differently to various types of mentoring and leadership. One child may need more nurturing while another responds to firm boundaries. Some students learn best by reading while others learn best by writing. Some athletes perform better when individually challenged while others excel in team situations.

Successful leaders – parents, schoolteachers, coaches, business managers – learn how those they are leading are best inspired and customize their leadership approaches accordingly. Often leaders are too concerned about being fair and focus on applying the same leadership practices with each direct report. Treating your team members differently doesn’t mean you are not being fair. In fact, treating everyone similarly could be perceived as unfair.

Empower yourself to understand each of your direct reports’ motivations and needs, apply a leadership approach tailored to those needs, and the team will be more successful.

 

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