How to Lead

How to Make a Heavy Load Lighter By Utilizing the Optimist

The optimistic thinker is vital to a productive team. Seeing the bright side amidst difficulty, they can make a heavy load seem lighter. Their impact on morale and energy is irreplaceable. But how do you keep this enthusiastic thinker on track? You may find that your optimistic worker Heavy Loadbecomes too wrapped up in mediating the politics of a situation. They may over-concern themselves with keeping others happy rather than accomplishing an assigned objective.

You might also find that they avoid telling you when they encounter a problem. For instance, they will bite their tongue when they feel the team is making a mistake in order to avoid being negative.

These potential weaknesses can be avoided through strong leadership.

How To Lead The Optimist

You can lay the foundation for the optimistic thinker to trust you. Place them in a position that requires damage control, so they can become comfortable reporting problems to you. Encourage them to share their opinions, especially those involving risk. Nurture their positive outlook by asking them to invigorate others, but also insist that they exercise their realistic thinking, so they become a well-rounded team member. Read the rest of this entry »

How To Avoid Confrontation and Utilize The Assertive Thinker

Boxing ExecutivesA propensity to take control often causes assertive thinkers to shoot for positions of leadership. They are well-suited for leadership roles. As a leader yourself, you may have an assertive thinker as a subordinate, however, and this may cause unique difficulties.

The assertive thinker may go against a defined process out of dislike for it or simply to try something new. This thinker also tends to get the team riled up – whether from sincere concern or out of boredom.

You may have an assertive thinker on your team who gets everyone excited about an idea and then disappears to carry it through on his or her own. In worst cases, the assertive thinker may try to fill your role, causing a shift in the team’s loyalty.

While the potential faults of the assertive thinker may seem overwhelming, this maverick has strengths that undeniably benefit your team.

Their spark can lead to change, improved morale, and increased creativity. They can add excitement to the mundane and provide a needed fresh perspective. Their tendency to challenge the norm is irreplaceable. When you need a solution that pushes the envelope, the assertive thinker is just the person you want on your team. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes a Good Leader?

GoldfishGreat thinkers aren’t necessarily good leaders. Sheer intelligence can get you far, but it’s your acute perceptions of people that make you an effective leader. With an eye on the group’s success, a leader positions each thinker in a role that suits his or her abilities – bringing out the best in those they lead.

The effective leader is a savvy reader of human nature. But we are not all born with this ability. Using the 8 Ways of Thinking, you can gain unique insight into your team’s motivations and behaviors. When you know how your team members perceive and process the world, you can create an environment that fosters productivity and contentment. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Results With Resolute Thinking

A key trait of the resolute thinker is the unwillingness to procrastinate – this thinker knows how to get results. Do you have a long list of to-dos that won’t seem to go away? Which items could you mark off today, tomorrow, or in the near future?Checklist You can adopt the decisive demeanor of Resolute Thinking and unburden yourself of those nagging chores.

What’s the Priority?

The resolute thinker is a master of utilizing their time efficiently. They know what needs to happen and in what order. This thinking skill is especially handy in a leadership role. Do you know how to identify the hotspot in a situation – the issue that is most important? If you fail to prioritize your actions, this mistake can derail the entire effort. Read the rest of this entry »

Face Reality With Optimism

“Cultivate optimism by committing yourself to a cause, a plan, or a value system. You’ll feel that you are growing in a meaningful direction which will help you rise above day-to-day setbacks.” – Robert Conroy, Author

Positive AttitudeThe “can do” attitude of the optimistic thinker makes them easy to identify. Similarly, the doomsday mentality of the pessimistic thinker is simple to spot. However, human thought processes are not so black and white. While you might work with someone who is usually optimistic, they too can succumb to a pattern of negativity. Or, you may notice that your team member has moved from optimistic to unrealistic thinking, which is a dangerous progression, especially in a work environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Balance of Altruistic Thinking

More than a random act of kindness, Altruistic Thinking involves the everyday application of these principles of giving. With this way of thinking, you know to ask “How can I help?” and you mean it. You also naturally know where you are needed. As a result, others are drawn to your giving and loving spirit.Balancing Gifts

How to Work with an Altruistic Thinker

As you aim to become an altruistic thinker, see if you can identify someone you work with who uses this style of thinking. Their example could be an inspiring force for your growth. However, you might know someone who errs on the extreme side of this thinking style – they worry about everyone except themselves. The profile of the extreme altruistic thinker could be a hard-working mother who’s consumed with her family or an idealistic leader who works night and day without a break.

These thinkers are actually impairing their effectiveness – and possibly having a negative impact on those around them. The selfless mother could become so consumed with her children that they feel the stifling pressure of being the center of her universe. The overworked boss might be stretched so thin that he burns out, which ultimately impacts the team. Read the rest of this entry »

Perfect Tasks for the Intuitive Thinker

Your intuitive thinker may instinctively know the right course of action. What they may not know is how to convince the rest of the team that they are right. As a leader, you can prevent the chaos that results from the intuitive thinker’s off-the-cuff actions. Thinking Business ManTell your team up front that you have entrusted this thinker with certain responsibilities. They will then be less likely to question his ability. You will also need to encourage this thinker to leave a paper trail – and, when possible, to try to back up their actions with facts.

Activity: Feeling vs. Fact

You might come to rely on the intuitive thinker because this person almost seems to read your thoughts. You can trust that your expectations are understood. However, the intuitive thinker is better suited for some situations over others. Read the following scenarios and see whether you need someone ruled by fact or feeling. Read the rest of this entry »

Communication to Circumvent the Chaos

CommunicationMore than likely, you have a co-worker who’s an assertive thinker. Working with this thinker offers some benefits and unique challenges. They are passionate, but they can also be hard to persuade. The best way to communicate with this thinker is to use the same style of thinking. They know how to practice forthrightness, so, in return, they respect it.

Recognize how assertiveness could become aggressiveness, which is never appropriate in the workplace. Your ability to be assertive in return – with delicacy – can help you defuse a potentially troublesome situation. Similarly, you might notice this thinker tends to stir things up when it is not necessary. With thoughtful communication tactics, you can circumvent the chaos they are trying to cause. Start by trying to see the reason for the outburst.

How to Lead an Assertive Thinker

When leading an assertive thinker, you may find that it’s “my way or no way.” They are always willing to do the work, but they may be unwilling to deviate from their own plan of action. The good news is that this thinker is not immune to reason. By explaining the rationale behind a process, you can influence their direction. Read the rest of this entry »

Change Your Mindset To Communicate Better

Change Your Mindset“One has to have the courage of one’s pessimism.” – Ian McEwan, Novelist

Often misunderstood and underutilized, the pessimistic thinker on a team has significant value to add if allowed to do so. He helps prevent shortsightedness, minimizing dangers that others don’t see. As the team member of a pessimistic thinker, you can gain their trust by showing that you have considered these risks.

Activity: Change Your Mindset

It has been said that a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. For this reason alone, it’s in your best interest to adapt your thinking to better communicate with those around you. If the pessimistic thinker is hurting your team’s dynamics, you can’t dismiss or relegate him to a meaningless task. You need each other’s strengths. To best work together, you may not be able to change this person – but you can change your own mindset. Read the rest of this entry »

Use Your Imagination and Be Inspiring

Ideas“Reason can answer questions, but imagination has to ask them.”Ralph Gerard, Neurophysiologist

While you strive to be a more effective inventive thinker, you will also have to interact with others who are predisposed to this thinking style. Inventive thinkers are powerful contributors to any team, but many people have difficulty understanding and influencing these break-the-mold individuals. By exploring your interactions with inventive thinkers, you can take the first step toward improved relations. Read the rest of this entry »