Ref: Primal Leadership: Learning to Lead with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee.

Leadership styles have the potential to have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line.

Which one are you?

  1. The Coercive Leader: This person rules by fear. “My way or the highway!” The leader takes charge and invites no contrary opinions. This is the leadership style of choice when a company is in crisis and in need of a turn-around to survive.
  2. The Authoritative Leader: This leader has a powerful ability to articulate a mission and win people to it with enthusiasm. He makes a clear path for followers, cutting away the confusion that exists in most organizations. This style will be particularly effective if your organization needs a new vision.
  3. The Affiliative Leader: This leader is a master at establishing positive relationships. Because the followers really like their leader, they are loyal, share information, and have high trust. Preferred leader if your organization primarily needs team harmony, improved morale, or if previous events have created an atmosphere of mistrust.
  4. The Democratic Leader: This leader focuses on decision making by winning consensus. With consensus comes intense commitment to goals, strategies and tactics. Trust is a major feature of this leadership style. This style works particularly well when the leader is genuinely not sure what to do and has talented employees who can and will make excellent input.
  5. The Pacesetter: This leader sets high performance standards for everyone, including himself. He walks the talk. Their self-esteem rests on being smarter, faster and more thorough than everyone else. If the followers are already highly motivated, with strong technical skills, a pacesetter can be effective because the followers’ styles and competence already fit with the pacesetter’s expectations.
  6. The Coach: This leader develops people. He is able to recognize talent and how best to develop it. He offers developmental plans, including challenging assignments that push people to cultivate new skills. This leader can see the future and bring out the best in followers. Recognize that coaching is time consuming, meaning that this leader will devote less time to other activities.

Important: The very best leaders are those who have learned how to shift from one leadership style to another as circumstances demand.



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