Styles of Leadership

There are many different effective styles of leadership. It is important that you learn about these different leadership styles in order to find out which one works best for you. The more you learn about these different leadership styles, the more you will find how effective and ineffective certain styles are.

Democratic Leadership

One of the most effective ways to lead is in a democratic manner. Democratic leadership is based off the input that every team member gives the leader. This helps everyone feel involved in the decision-making process and ready to push forward with the team.

Strategic Leadership

Strategic leadership takes a close look at the corporate structure that an organization is operating within. It is important to remember that you can’t be too rigid in this style of leadership. This can potentially halt innovation that might lead to the growth of the corporation.

Autocratic Leadership

Autocratic leadership is a very authoritative way of going about things. In creative settings, this is usually a pretty ineffective way to go about things. Team members want to have their own way of getting a task done. However, in a manufacturing or similar setting, autocratic leadership can be a very effective way to get things done in a timely manner. Depending on the rigidity of the work, you need to decide if this firm leadership style is going to work for your organization.

Transformational Leadership

Many leaders believe that transformational leadership is the most effective type of leadership out there. This type of leadership is actually designed to teach individuals to promote growth and change on their own within an organization. A transformational leader is a unique type of leader. This is the type of leader who wants to help everyone on their team achieve their full potential. They most likely have a very energetic personality and are able to motivate their employees like most leaders can not. This is one of the most effective styles of leadership because it helps employees feel like they belong at their place of work and are doing the best jobs they could possibly be doing.

Determining which style of leadership is right for you will be a very personal choice. You will have to understand which style of leadership is most effective for you. This can only be discovered after you have applied some of these styles to see which one works best for you and your organization.

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