From a leadership perspective, we can look at our team and how they learn. For example, Situational Leadership is a tool that helps leaders understand the management and behavioral needs of the people they work with by understanding where they are at from a willingness and ability perspective. Once understood, managers can adjust their approach of how they help them during certain periods of time or during certain tasks.
Another tool called Social Styles looks for understanding of people’s styles in terms of asking versus telling and controlling versus emoting. There are four different styles that people can gravitate to: analytical, amiable, driving, or expressive.
StrengthsFinder is another option that looks at inherent talents and how people use them to form their strengths. It not only taps into how people learn and use information, but also how they interact with others. It’s helpful for leaders to know and understand their team’s strengths in an effort to ensure they are working in the realm where they would most excel. This not only helps keep their team engaged and excited about work, but also helps the company because the right people are in the right positions, driving the organization forward in the most efficient and effective way.
Predictive Index can be used by team leaders to help them understand and predict workplace behavior. Many companies have used it for recruiting the right people by first understanding what the pattern of the successful current employees looks like and in turn, looking for those same patterns when they screen candidates with a pre-employment assessment. However, it can also be used to understand behavioral needs and work drive of the current workplace populace.
There are various different options for people and their managers to use to assess their learning styles, many with a personality element added. Whatever the steps we take or the tools we use to pinpoint areas of opportunity and strength in how we learn, it’s important that we at least know and understand how we take in, retain and use information to ensure maximum learning potential and application for future success in our personal and professional lives.