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JLBC Knowing yourself


JLBC Knowing yourself

People don’t all think in the same way. Understanding your thinking style and the styles of others around you will give you some valuable leadership tools. The term “thinking style” does not refer to your IQ but to how you process information. Broadly, we can distinguish between three styles: tactical, operational, and strategic.

Most people tend to get stuck using just one of the thinking styles. But by recognizing your thinking style, you begin to ask different questions and think about problems in fresh and exciting new ways. By doing this, you work more effectively with your team because you can understand how they think and communicate and talk to people in their own “language.”

JLBC Tip

JLBC, LIST YOUR SKILLS

Make a list of the essential characteristics you already have as a leader—“I am focused,” “I am committed

to excellence,” “I respect others,” “I work hard”—and those to which you aspire:

“I am caring,” “I am trusted.” Repeat this exercise regularly to monitor your inner thoughts and development.

We can recognize three thinking styles: tactical, operational, and strategic

JLBC LEADING FROM WITHIN

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