Styles of Leadership
As you develop leadership skills, you’ll likely
use different processes and methods to
achieve your employer’s objectives and meet
the needs of the employees who report to you.
To be effective as a manager, you might use
several different leadership styles at any given
recognize their team members’ strengths,
weaknesses and motivations to help each
individual improve. This type of leader often
assists team members in setting smart goals.
They’re skilled in setting clear expectations and
creating a positive, motivating environment.The
coach leadership style is one of the most
advantageous for employers as well as the
employees they manage.
change by inspiring employees and earning trust for new ideas. A visionary leader is
also able to establish a strong organizational bond. They strive to foster confidence
among direct reports and colleagues alike.
A visionary leader is an individual who sees the potential for how the world should exist
and then takes steps to get there. If you want to become a visionary leader (or work for
one) here are the three main characteristics you want to actively strive to develop or
• Risk Taking
• Takes Responsibility
choices based on their ideas and
judgments and rarely accept advice
from followers. Autocratic leadership
involves absolute, authoritarian
control over a group.
They often make decisions alone or
with a small, trusted group and expect
employees to do exactly what they’re
asked. It can be helpful to think of
these types of leaders as military
commanders.This leadership style
can be useful in organizations with
strict guidelines or compliance-heavy
industries. However, this leadership
style can stifle creativity and make
employees feel confined.
collaboration and the free-flow of
While these leaders do allow shared
participation in decision-making,
they often decide who is a part of the
group or committee tasked with
Responsibility is shared among all
members of staff with the leader
present to offer guidance and keep
discussions balanced and controlled.
Participative leadership instill mutual
respect among those involved that
create candid and open
Democratic leaders can often be
seen in positions in nonprofit
organizations, school boards, and
is one of the most effective for
achiving fast results. These
leaders are primarily focused on
performance. They often set high
standards and hold their team
members accountable for hitting
leader makes decisions alone and gives orders to
members to achieve goals. A commanding
leader can make decisions quickly. They don't need
to go through any discussions to come up with a
decision most of the time.
Commanding Leadership Style. This is an “I tell,
you do it” style of leadership. People that use the
Commanding Leadership style want to get things
done and they want them done quickly. There can
be a time a need for this style of leadership but it
should be used sparingly.
on various factors:
Risk - decision making and change initiatives
based on degree of risk involved
Type of business – creative business
or supply driven?
How important change is –
change for change’s sake?
Organisational culture – may be long
and difficult to change
Nature of the task – needing cooperation?
develop a leadership
Start with yourself.
Think about the needs of the
organization or initiative.
Observe and learn from other
Use the research on leadership.
Believe in what you're doing.
Be prepared to change.
How can you choose
a leadership style?
What are the most
valuable traits of a