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5 November 2017

Effective leaders adapt like a chameleon

The key to getting the best out of your team is to communicate at the right level, in the right way at the right time. To do this effectively, you need to understand your people.

How well do you know each person in your team? Do you understand their role and their responsibilities? What motivates them? What makes them stand out? What are their training and development areas? What challenges do they face on a daily basis? What’s their preferred method of communication? Why do they respond more positively to some things than others?

Understanding all these factors will give you a distinct advantage. Not fully understanding each person’s personality or learning style could put you in danger of communicating at cross purposes.

The team and I at SMART Way Forward have helped many CEOs, Managing Directors and Managers become incredibly successful at generating better performance, results and turnover, simply by showing them how to better understand and communicate with their staff.

Understanding each person’s individual learning style and personality type instantly helps you become more aware of your communication, as well as your environment. You’ll become more engaging and supportive to your colleagues, more articulate when identifying the right person or people for a task or project and definitely more effective at maintaining a good healthy working relationship with your staff.

Like a chameleon, strong effective leaders need to be aware of their surroundings and be open to change as and when required. Only when you understand yourself and your team better can you consistently maintain a high level of performance.

To learn more about how SMART Way Forward can help you determine the learning styles and personality types of your people, please contact us on 01438 227563 or email

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