The Birkman Blog

Leading a Team With Diverse Personalities

All leaders have a variety of traits in common that contribute to the growth and success of an organization. But what can separate a good leader from a great one is the ability to communicate and connect with teams. While this may seem easy to achieve, even the most respected leaders must continually practice and refine these skills.

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Strategies for Becoming a Self-Aware Leader

Confidence. Commitment. Passion. Integrity. All of these are characteristics of an admirable leader. But there is one trait that may overshadow them all: self-awareness. Self-aware leaders have the ability to monitor their own emotions and reactions. Leaders that are highly attuned to their behaviors (and how others perceive those behaviors) can make a positive impact in their organization by setting the tone for maturity, moderation, and civility that others will aim to replicate.

We promote self-awareness at Birkman—it's critical for everyone's personal development, not just leaders. However, self-awareness is difficult to practice, especially when under stress.

There are three elements to self-awareness:

  • Knowing your own behavior—good and bad
  • Leveraging your good behavior
  • Curbing the bad behavior

It seems simple, but even those of us immersed in a company culture that emphasizes the importance of self-awareness can struggle. Ultimately, in those moments when you're frustrated in the workplace, it's hard to step back, take a deep breath, and assess how you can best handle a situation.

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Successfully Manage a Remote Working Team

In any major city, you are bound to find cafes teeming with remote-working professionals who have various skillsets and passions. In the digital age, having teams that work remotely from home (or even in other countries) is becoming increasingly common. A remote working team grants new freedom and flexibility. However, for managers who want to manage a successful team, this may also pose some challenges.   

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