Monica Wofford, CSP, is a professional speaker and CEO of Contagious Companies, a training and consulting firm that develops better leaders and trains managers how to become better leaders.

Don’t let logic rob you of leading those who are emotional.

Being logical, linear, and structured is a gift. It can also hinder your leadership abilities with those who are more abstract, creative, and communicative. You may see them as emotional or not doing things right. The fact is they do things different. SO, how do you become a better leader of many others, when your natural style is to be less expressive and even passive/aggressive when under stress? Here are some facts you need to know and an eBook that will make a significant difference in your leadership.

Keep Play and Spontaneity in the Office

Even if you’re the IRS, you have room for humor, playfulness, and a bit of fun in your office. However, the linear, more analytical personality preference referred to as the Organizer (don’t know what an Organizer is? Complete your CORE Snapshot by clicking here) may not value this behavior. Others need it. You will become a better to those employees when you are able to let your hair and guard down a bit and value a bit of fun, while watching work still manage to get done.

Avoid Perfectionism That Slows Down Productivity

It’s okay to be good enough on some things and even effective to take a break once in a while. But when you’re striving for perfection, trying to get things done in record time, those facts can be hard to remember. The effort it takes to reach 95% on a project are usually the same or LESS than it takes to go from 96-100% PERFECT on the same project. Leaders driven by perfection are more effective when they learn to be selective in applying this principle to projects, and nearly eliminating the need for this principle applied to people. Continuing to strive for and seek perfection will slow down not only your productivity but theirs and those whose work is impacted by their results.

Stop using Criticism, Worry and Judgment as if They Were Valued Leadership Traits

Normally, those who are more analytical are a joy to be around. When under stress they can appear more aloof, critical and judgmental. They are often even more worried on the inside than they let on and this can cause employees to see them as distant or cold. And because they have a natural gift for seeing problems and holes in a process, mentioning the wrongs that need to be “righted” may cause them to appear critical. If this is you, worry less and be flexible more. Practice mitigating your stress level so that there is less need to explain to others how non-judgmental or approachable you really are. Try exercise, giving yourself a break, and NOT worrying about things. Each of these actions rubs off on those you lead and will create a low morale, skeptical, non-productive environment.

Your personality is reflected in your leadership style and practice. Leadership is not all about your personality, but it is influenced heavily by those behaviors you believe to be a natural part of who you are. Make the most of who you are and become that better leader by completing the Free online personality quiz: The CORE Snapshot™ and by downloading the eBook How Organizers Can Become Better Leaders. In it, you’ll find 25 pages of details and facts about the behaviors of this preference and how they are able to lead even those who have completely opposite behaviors.

I’m Monica Wofford and that’s your Monday Moment. Have a great week, an even better Monday, and of course, stay contagious!

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