The very different styles of new captain and vice captain of the England cricket team, Joe Root and Ben Stokes, could be what commentator, Jonathan Agnew describes as “an exciting combination”. Contrasting approaches within a leadership team can be a very positive thing if both understands the value the other brings and both allow each other to play to their strengths.
But a real pitfall with differing styles is not communicating clear shared expectations to the team. The “good cop” “bad cop” styles of Root and Stokes could be sending conflicting messages to the team and where there are such clear differences, who do the team take their lead from?
The answer is to have a clear agreement between the two of them as to what they expect in terms of attitude, behaviour and performance, communicate this clearly and ensure they are a united front when reinforcing these with the team.
Individual and complementary leadership styles can bring great benefits, but consistency of message is key….and it starts with a shared and clearly articulated understanding between the people who make up that team.
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