Finding Your Leadership Style
It’s been said that there is a difference between being a boss and being a leader. A boss merely implements directions and waits for results from employees. A leader builds a strong team through guidance, motivation and education. Leadership encompasses a variety of approaches and methods that will take a team from ordinary to extraordinary. In order to be the best leader you can be, here is an outline of six leadership styles and how you can implement these approaches into your company:
This leader is direct and expects excellence from team members. The pacesetter knows exactly what he/she wants done. This style is most effective when the team is motivated and the leader wants quick results. The downside of this style is that it can overwhelm the team quickly.
The affiliative leader seeks to build a sense of community and belonging in the workplace. Bonding between management and employees are encouraged. This style works best in times of trauma or stress. The downfall of this style is that if it is used exclusively, it can incite mediocre performance and lack of direction on the management’s part.
The authoritative leader will ignite change and vision into the team. This leader mobilizes the team towards a common vision and is goal-driven, leaving the means up to each team member. This style requires a vibrant spirit and works best when the team needs direction for a project or needs to be educated on a particular subject.
The coercive leader expects immediate compliance. This style controls a problem when all other methods have failed. The coercive style is most effective in times of dire crisis or emergency like a natural disaster or during a company turnaround. But be careful; this style can cause alienation amongst the company.
The coaching leader wants to develop team members for the future. This style is great when the leader wants to help employees develop lasting personal strengths. This leader must be proficient and employees must let go of defiance if they seek to be better.
The democratic leader lives by the motto, “What do you think?” This leader wants feedback and participation from the group. This style works best when the leader wants the team to buy into an idea or vision, or feels uncertain about a subject and seeks ideas from competent team members.
Through the combination of these various styles according to events within the company, you will develop leadership traits that will guide your company down the path to success!
If you’re still unsure of how utilize these leadership styles into your practice, or want to develop your leadership skills further, contact Grow the Practice at 1-800-383-1148.