You just got done singing your heart out right there on stage, and you did such an amazing job that all four judge chairs turned around. The script has been flipped and now it’s the judges’ turn to prove to you why they deserve to be your coach. Given everything you have learned (and pretty much all of America has learned) about these superstar judges on The Voice, which one would you choose?
The judges on The Voice demonstrate four leadership styles, each one effective at different times. Which style do you find yourself using most?
Result-Driven Leader – This leader cares about the end-result. He expects and models excellence and self-direction. This is “Do as I do, now” combined with “Do what I tell you” concept. The Voice Coach Adam Levine falls under this category. He builds his team with highly-qualified talent and tells them how they can win the whole thing. He sings the song his team member is to perform and tells them to sing it that way in order for them to win. And they should listen to him, right? After all, HE’S successful. And if you do it his way, you can be too. The results-driven style works best when the team is already motivated and skilled, or in times of crisis when quick results are needed. This style can also help control a problem teammate when everything else has failed. When used extensively, this style can overwhelm team members, squelch innovation, alienate people, and stifle flexibility and innovation.
Relationship Leader – This leader works to create emotional bonds that bring a feeling of belonging to the team or organization. These leaders believe that “People come first.” This style works best when a team needs to rebuild trust. It is heavily reliant on compassion, praise and nurturing. The Voice Coach Gwen Stefani models this style. Not only does she nurture her team like a mother hen, she makes sure to point out all of the things they are doing right, before telling them how they may do something differently. Sole reliance on praise and nurturing can foster mediocre performance and lack of direction.
Relaxed Leader – This leader appears nonchalant or laissez faire in life and in leadership. He wants input for individuals and the team before making a decision. This style is most effective when the leader needs the individual or team to buy into or have ownership of a decision, plan, or goal; or if he is looking for fresh ideas from qualified teammates. So, while Coach Blake Shelton may come across as the goof-ball or set-in-his-way (or genre) coach, he is helping his team build lasting personal strengths (there’s a reason he’s the winningest coach on the show). It is not the best leadership choice when teammates are not informed enough to offer sufficient guidance to the leader.
Reflective Leader – Careful observation, encouragement, and flexible response are needed to be a reflective leader. This leader knows the value of helping individuals and the team reflect on their performance in relation to the goal, the overall vision. This leader is skilled at observing and deciphering the meaning of what he/she is seeing and hearing. They ask, “Why might this be happening?” This leader works to understand team members’ personal styles, how they work best, what motivates them. Their goal is to help others build lasting personal strengths that make them more successful overall. Coach Alicia Keys embodies this natural and compassionate way of leading. She may not have as many seasons under her belt, but Blake should be worried that more talent will embrace this style of coaching. She…could…go…all…the…way. This style of leadership is least effective when teammates are defiant and unwilling to change or learn, or if the leader lacks proficiency.
The amazing, superstar judges on The Voice, are all influential coaches with different leadership styles. They are on a mission to hone the raw talent before them. What works for one leader doesn’t work for another. What works for one team member may not work for another. The job of the leader, the coach, the mentor, is to keep the communication flowing, to identify strengths and to help the team build on each member’s strengths in a way that then strengthens the team.
What team would you want to be on? Team Adam, Team Gwen, Team Alicia or Team Blake? And which type of leader would YOU be to the raw talent you recruited to your team?
Are you unsure about what leadership style you should use in different situations? Do you have a lot of raw talent on your team and are uncertain what leadership style will be most effective to grow the team’s skills? Are you ready to build the skills need to effectively use each style? Contact Joy today!