The following write-up aims to explore the six styles of leadership commonly found in an organization. Team leaders have to decide between the different styles of leadership keeping in perspective the goals of the organization.
A leader guides and motivates people in order to encourage them to work towards a common goal of achieving the objectives of the group or the organization. Some people have a natural flair for taking the lead while others develop leadership qualities over a period of time, and adopt a suitable style of leadership that suits the needs of the team. A good leader should be able to assess the requirements of the team members and adopt a style that befits the team. In the book, ‘Primal Leadership: Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence’, authored by Daniel Goleman, Richard E. Boyatzis, and Annie McKee, the authors have illustrated the different styles of leadership. In the content to follow, we have elucidated the six styles of leadership. Take a look!
Depending on the situation, one has to choose between the different leadership styles and settle on the most effective option. Pacesetting is a must when people are in doubt regarding the suitable course of action. Democratic leadership is appropriate when team members have attained a high level of consciousness and can contribute constructively towards the attainment of goals. Coaching is feasible when the organization is at the mature growth stage and leaders can afford to contribute towards the overall development of the employees. An environment where people have conflicting views requires the mediation of an affiliative leader. A visionary leader hopes to achieve a target that is at best a distant dream, an inconceivable reality for others, and hence is an asset to any organization.