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Which Leadership Style Is Yours?
Everyone puts their own spin on leadership, but when push comes to shove, there are seven basic types of leadership that you’re going to fall into. These categories don’t mean one leader is any better than the other types of leaders. It just means that there are different strengths that are on display when they are called upon to lead people effectively. Which style of leader are you?
The Quiet Leader:
Best personified by Abraham Lincoln, the quiet leader is someone who leads by example. They encourage others to get stuff done without ever having to tell someone what they need to actually do. You won’t find them giving long, loud, or boisterous speeches. They simply get the job done and encourage others to do the same.
The Transformational Leader:
Exampled by Walt Disney, the transformational leader is someone who is great at encouraging others to succeed on their own terms. Instead of dictating how a job should be done, this leader wants each person to utilize their own moral code and belief system to the best of their ability to find success.
The Servant Leader:
Many look at George Washington as the best example of a servant leader. Willing to take care of the needs of their direct reports before their own needs, this leader gets stuff done by letting the direct reports dictate the pace of things instead of being a king doing the proclamations.
The Situational Leader:
The situational leader is someone who is able to think on their feet and evolve their leadership style based on the circumstances they face. Dwight Eisenhower was a wonderful example of this kind of leader, because he was able to act dynamically in many different kinds of situations, yet still be effective.
The Transactional Leader:
This type of leader is often found in a military or government setting. It requires a clear chain of command. Orders are clear and concise, often involving consequences for failure and rewards for success that are also clearly laid out.
The Charismatic Leader:
Many people remember Bill Clinton because he was a pretty charming guy. That’s because he excelled at being a charismatic leader. By creating a friendly atmosphere that most people would find comfortable, these leaders are able to motivate people by being genuinely concerned about meeting their needs.
The Participative Leader:
The participative leader is willing to roll up their sleeves, get dirty with their direct reports, and uses the input of everyone involved to come to an accurate decision. These leaders encourage participation, which often encourages a better dialogue amongst a team because everyone feels like an equal.
Which leadership style do you fit into? Do you have traits of more than one leadership style? By recognizing what kind of leader you are, you can develop your leadership skills more effectively, thereby helping everyone around you accomplish more than they could normally do on their own.