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About the FIRO-B: Leadership Patterns - Inclusion


A person's scores on an Expressed Need can tell us a great deal about how that person will likely behave as a leader.  Each of the three scales indicates a particular style that will probably be used by that leader.  It's likely the leader will focus on that area where he or she scored the highest.  This time we'll look at those who score highest on Expressed Inclusion.

Leaders with this style will probably lead by collaborating with their team members.  Some ways this collaboration might show up include making sure everyone has an opportunity to contribute during meetings, sharing information with the group, gathering input from many sources, using the group to determine common goals, breaking down group factions, making an effort to stay in contact with those outside the team, and attempting to create shared team experiences.

Groups where this style will likely work best include recently formed teams, where cross training is needed, or this kind of group has never been brought together before.  Others include highly fragmented groups, groups composed of many different levels, departments, functions, etc., or groups with high communication barriers, such as different physical locations.

This style might be less effective in groups that are under great time pressure with little opportunities for coordination or explanations.  Groups that have great incentives to be competitive will be unlikely to respond well to this style.  Finally, groups that do not reward sharing information or results will generally not do well with this leadership style.

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