Understanding Behavioral Styles for Effective Leadership


One skill that great leaders need to learn is how to adapt their communication to each person the communicate with, in order to get the best results. As we know “one size does not fit all”. In this interactive and thought-provoking program on behavioral styles, we teach leaders how to adapt and modify their leadership approaches to the specific behavioral styles of the people who report to them in order to get better results and communicate and lead more effectively.


  • To help leaders learn about their own style and their preferences in communication

  • To learn about the four behavioral styles and about each style’s strengths and weaknesses

  • To learn and apply the understanding of behavioral styles to communication and coaching as a leader

  • To understand how to adapt your communication to each team members individual style

  • To learn and understand behavioral styles in order to become a stronger more effective communicator and leader

Program Outline

Understanding Your Style

At the beginning of the program, we have the managers and leaders complete a behavioral style assessment, in order to determine their individual preferred communication style. This 0particular exercise is a real eye-opener, because managers finally understand why they prefer communicating in a certain style, and what they need to do differently in the future. The first step in leadership is to know yourself before you can know others.

Understanding the Styles

Once managers and leaders have taken the behavioral styles assessment, and they know what their styles are, we take them through an interactive exercise. In this fun and fascinating exercise, we divide participants into individual groups by their style, and ask them to answer several questions about their style.

Style Profile

After the debrief from each group, with then take a deep thoughtful dive into looking at the characteristics of each individual behavioral style. We look at each style’s strengths, their areas for improvement, and their preferred methodologies for communication.

Managing the Styles

In the next section, we then have an in-depth discussion in small
groups. The discussion is about how each leader can customize and adapt their communication to the employees on their team. Often at this point in the program leaders realize why they have
had a problem communicating with one or more of their team members and learn what they can do to change it.

Map the Team

In this module, we ask each manager to individually create a map of their team. We ask them to think about each team member, each team member’s style, to determine and map the overall makeup of their team, in terms of behavioral styles. We also talk about the danger of leaders often hiring in their own image, meaning managers who like to hire people of their own behavioral style.

My Style Analysis

In this part of the program, we ask managers to identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own style, and what they can do to adapt their style in the future.

Action Plans

We wrap of the session with asking each person to create a comprehensive action plan on how they are going to apply what they have learned.


  • Option #1: One half day program

  • Option #2: (2) webinars

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