Whether you have a small team or grand organization, one fact remains the same. No company can thrive without effective leadership. Effective organizations are ones that produce desired results along with high levels of productivity. Everyone’s leadership style is different and is composed of their own interactions with the world, role models and perspective. However, every style does not work. Although success is a speculative and defined individually, an organization is disabled if it is not a learning organization. Learning organizations have one main thing in common, forward thinking Leaders who have excellent social and management skills.
They said the age-old debate is whether “leaders were born or made?” I honestly believe both are true, but one theory holds more weight that we develop as leaders. Look at a small child who is extremely confident or has a natural ability to draw people, motivate ad lead. They are most likely to become leaders. They have an innate ability but sometimes life happens, and they develop poor perspective and behaviors. Who suffers? Everyone they encounter every relationship and interaction gets a taste. Therefore, professional development is essential and often used in all businesses and team structures.
There is always something to learn, discover and develop especially within. Some people can be timid but nurtured by the right leader, they too feel a burning passion and desire to help others and become world leaders. I stand on the belief that there are different types of leaders. Leadership should be viewed as a skill. Some have it naturally and others need to work on things more than others. However, just because you are in charge and call all the shots doesn’t mean that you’re a real leader. A good leader is an effective one.
Let’s take a look at nine main leadership styles and explore its meaning and level of effectiveness.
Democratic Leader– this type of style is effective because the leader makes decisions based on the team members input, feedback, and perspective. This type of leader is one that listens and gives equal say on projects regardless of their place in the work hierarchy.
Autocratic Leader – makes decisions that impact the entire organization without any input. This type of culture created is controlling and the “my way or highway” thinking. Dogmatism in full effect. You can guess the level of effectiveness here.
Laissez- faire Leader – the least intrusive and engaged. This style often allows others to handle everything and refuses to get involved. They trust their team too much and give authority that isn’t observed or managed. This style is least effective an can be dangerous depending on the amount of freedom the leader gives.
Strategic Leader – This leader ensures that all levels of management and operations works seamlessly. This leader tends to be more hands on and is very much aware of what’s going on in each part of the whole. This leader is supportive and is great with ensuring that everyone is motivated. They make excellent informed decisions and likes to plan and organize each aspect of the organization. This style is somewhat effective. The leader has to make sure that they are not too engrossed with multiple aspects so they can focus on what is necessary as an executive.
Transactional Leader – creates an environment that thrives off incentives. Terms and conditions apply here. If you ahvieve “x” by the third quarter, then a bonus will be applied or some other appealing offer. People generally respond to incentives according to economists, but your team should desire to accomplish goals without the competition or a personal benefit.
The Coach – this leadership style is full of positivity and inspiration. Their environment is saturated with high morale. This empowerment-based culture guides and encourages both personal and professional growth. They are on the sidelines inspiring staff to perform well. They tend to give those locker room and pre-game speeches that inspire and hype up the team. This style highly effective.
Bureaucratic Leader – this leader tends to abide by the book. There is no wiggle room to innovate or make changes. They might listen but will quickly reject opposing views that go against policy. This leader believes in “if its broke, don’t fix it”. There is no need to make reform unless a procedure or policy is posing a threat to the well being of the organization. If what worked in past times is still working, then there is no need to visit it. There is a lack of freedom, expression and creativity with this leader. This leadership style is slightly affective in some atmospheres but rarely affective in others.
Servant Leader – this leader is mostly on the front line leading by example. Its like a Sergeant giving orders from the front line instead of the back. It’s a bold and powerful statement that you are also putting in the word and putting yourself out there. These leaders typically have sincere and loyal teams that wouldn’t mind going the extra mile because they know their leader would do the same.
Transformational Leader – This leadership style focuses on the enhancement of others. This leader pushes others to grow beyond their capabilities. This leader understands that people learn at different rates but knows how to strategically impact everyone at their level. Transformational leaders are like a mix of a parent, a coach and cheerleader. Your always happy you crossed paths and they leave everyone feeling empowered or on a path of self-discovery. This type of leader is most likely to reproduce itself and inspire success stories.
High Resolution Leadership Concept
Successful Leaders who listen, engage and lead by example tend to produce at higher rates. They forge relationships with their members with boundaries. They ensure to foster a culture of creativity and innovation which occurs when your team is encouraged to explore, discover, think, and feel supported. My mother Cheryl used to say that “Encouragement sweetens labor”. I found that to be so true. Speaking down to someone will never get you want. A person who is told that they are believed in is mostly likely to push themselves and find joy in their work. When they find joy, moral is high and becomes the driving force to get things done. Don’t get me wrong you will always encounter staff that’s difficult and challenging but for the most part. Those who are goal oriented, believe in the vision and desire to please you will do their part. Their teams get motivated, establish trust and respect, enjoy their jobs, take their roles seriously. Some characteristics of an exceptional leader are:
Firm with a good balance of humor and are relatable.
Motivates, people leave their presence feeling confident.
Does not mind others growing and succeeding past them.
Views feedback as caring.
Believes that unity is birthed in diversity and inclusion.
Believes in a shared vision.
Wisdom based decision maker.
Fairness is not compromised.
Exercise emotional intelligence and mindfulness.
Trust who they train.
Consistency is evident.
Majors in conflict resolution.
Enthusiasm begins with you.
Integrity is always the standard.
Recognizes other leaders and aim to develop them.
Leads by example.
Stay tuned for Part 2 and more information about leadership and some behaviors to avoid.