Matching is required —
In dominoes the primary objective is to lay down a domino that matches the number of previously played bones. The same is true for successful leadership practices—you need to match the needs of your team .
The Team needs to show up in a number of areas: development level on specific goals or tasks, emotional needs, communication styles, learning styles, etc.
The goal for the leader is to match the needs of team members by using the right leadership style or practices.
When developing people’s skills on goals or tasks, the leader has to use the right blend of directive and supportive behaviors that allow team members to develop their competence and commitment.
When communicating, the leader needs to transmit the message in a way team members will understand, internalize, and encourage dedication to the team and its mission.
If the employee needs emotional support, then the leader needs to find the right expressions of empathy or encouragement to get the person back on track. Whatever the need, the goal is for the leader to match.