I have a Directive communication style. What does that mean? It means that I tell it like it is, I can be a bit of a control freak and that I have to be conscious of making sure I take other people’s opinions and feelings into account. I know that these qualities will all intensify in stress situations, so understanding my style and adapting to others’ is vital if I want to influence, advise and communicate effectively with my stakeholders and team.

What happens if I don’t? These statements show the impact that communication style can have on our relationships and reputation with leaders:

“I feel blind to what my leader is trying to achieve and don’t know how they want me to help.”

“I really want to feel more confident and capable when I’m in front of a leader so I can push back if I need to.”

“I feel like I’m doing all the right things but I’m still not getting through to my leader. Is it personal?”

“My leader doesn’t seem keen to take my ideas on board.”

We all want to feel more confident and credible in conversations with leaders – to feel like they trust you and appreciate the value you can deliver. Understanding your communication style and that of your leader(s) is a great place to start. 

Kademy’s four communication styles are: 

  1. Analytic: Analytics are willing to talk through challenges with colleagues even if they don’t have all the answers. They’re patient, thorough, and understanding and enjoy working through challenges by considering all possible solutions.
  2. Directive: Directives express their opinions clearly and tell it like it is. They don’t tend to share their feelings and it’s difficult for them to tap into the feelings of others.
  3. Expressive: Expressives are fast-paced, enthusiastic, and persuasive. Their fun-loving manner is in high demand and they use it to put people at ease and build relationships. They like the limelight and are comfortable sharing their experiences freely.
  4. Supportive: Supportives are warm, friendly, approachable and empathetic. Getting along with others is at the top of their list. They tend to be good listeners and will invest time to get people to open up to them.

To find out more about these styles and how you can use them to adapt and succeed, take a look at Kademy’s Powerful Conversations with Leaders course.

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