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Root and Stokes - The downside of complementary leadership styles and how to avoid it!

Posted by Tracy Powley 15/02/17

 The downside of complementary leadership styles and how to avoid it!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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Tracy Powley
Tracy Powley

The way we behave towards each other in the workplace has a direct impact on individual wellbeing, team performance and organisational results. This belief has underpinned our work at Focal Point for over 20 years and has never been more relevant. We are privileged to work with a huge variety of organisations wanting to get workplace behaviour and culture right - and to tackle the inappropriate behaviour that may get in the way of this. Supported by our fantastic team of facilitators and coaches, we are able to make a real difference to peoples’ lives as well as organisational performance. Having worked in both large businesses at management level and in 2 start ups at director level, I am able to combine hands on experience of growing and managing teams - and the associated challenges in creating the right culture - with over 20 years in learning and development. I hold the Certificate in Training Practice and am a member of CIPD. When I am not supporting clients or developing the Focal Point business, you will find me in a calming yoga class...

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