Leadership Skills For Uniting Diverse Thinking

A Leadership Cartoon about Self Development. A penguin in a bookshop wearing a staff badge asks another penguin, "Can I help you?". The other penguin is standing in front of a bookshelf that has "SELF-HELP SECTION " written on it with a pile of books around them and replies, "I can't seem to find the one, specifically about me?". The text reads, "We are all the same, but different." -Original artwork by Lee Sampson.
Having a one-size-fits-all leadership approach to learning, personal development, coaching, and conversations will likely leave you falling short of bringing out the best of every individual.

We are all the same but different.

Our experiences, the order they’ve come in and the lessons we learn from them vary for each of us and shape our view of the world we share.

Having a one-size-fits-all leadership approach to learning, personal development, coaching, and conversations will likely leave you falling short of bringing out the best of every individual.

Here are three tips I have learned to help a leader, an individual, and the team embrace differences and utilise them to make a stronger team.

1) As a leader, acknowledge your role’s focus isn’t making everyone in the team just like you. (Other people are not failed versions of you).

2) Ensuring that one-on-one coaching conversations include, not just teaching the individual, but also learning about them, how they like to learn, how they prefer feedback and what motivates them.

3) Spending time as a team learning about Myers-Briggs types (or something similar) that highlight the diversity of thinking and provide a shared language for understanding and appreciating our differences.

If your goal as a leader is to bring out the best in a team by helping individuals grow and realise their potential, start by learning more about them.

My leadership cartoons illustrate skill development, learning, and development to bring a thoughtful smile to your day.

These insights come from twenty years of leadership experience and I enjoy this unique way to encourage us to think about how we can do leadership differently.

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Lee Sampson

Lee Sampson's daily penguin cartoons cover leadership, learning, and development with a smile while offering a daily dose of fun and thoughtful introspection.

As a leader, acknowledge your role's focus isn't making everyone in the team just like you

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