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Changing Leadership Styles in the Print Industry

Changing Leadership Styles in the Print IndustryLeadership styles are always evolving—changes have been especially notable in the past ten years.

It used to be that the most effective leadership style was “Command and Control.” This style was inspired by the way we led our troops in World War II. This method has continued to find favor right up to the present moment in the print industry.

However, this leadership style has given way to a more effective style we can label “Inspire and Engage.”

In a command and control environment, leaders decide to tell everyone what to do, and subordinates are expected follow orders.

On the other hand, leaders can choose an inspire and engage style. In this environment, we communicate to our team the vision, mission, values, milestones, and plans that will inspire them. Then we ask them to personally get engaged in helping the company to achieve those print industry goals.

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Five Ways to Improve Leadership Through Influence

Five Ways to Improve Leadership by InfluenceWhich creates more effective leadership: Control or influence? As leaders in the print industry we can control our team for a while by using fear, threatening their jobs, continually beating them up, etc.

However, this will only work for just so long. You will win their minds but not their hearts. To win their hearts we must find ways to influence them to go in the direction you want them to go.

Influence wins minds and hearts whereas control just wins the mind, and only temporarily.

Here are five ways you can improve your leadership by influencing people: Read more

Six Steps to Delegate Effectively

delegateIn yesterday’s post, we discussed why delegation is important.

Today, we will discuss six steps to delegate effectively. It is important that we establish an effective delegation process we can use to assign work to others, and be assured it will be done on time with the results we expect.

When we have a proven process, delegation is easier, the person receiving the delegated work appreciates it, and we get the results we desire.
Here are six steps to an effective delegation process: Read more