What kind of leader are you?
March 29, 2016
Leadership within an organisation can ultimately mean the difference between success and failure – where a good leader is someone who has the ability to rally their employees towards certain goals.Are you one of these leaders?
There have been different kinds of leaders in a host of successful companies that have applied their own personal brand of leadership to drive that success.
Researchers at Harvard devised a set of different leadership styles that can be applied to different kind of leaders in any number of contexts. These include:
- Commanding: Leaders who demand immediate compliance.
- Visionary: Leaders who mobilize people toward a vision.
- Affiliative: Leaders who create emotional bonds and harmony.
- Democratic: Leaders who build consensus through participation.
- Pacesetting: Leaders who expect excellence and self-direction.
- Coaching: Leaders who develop people for the future.
Good leaders have a consistent set of qualities that are common throughout each different style of leadership. These qualities are what set a good leader apart from someone who is simply a ‘boss’. Leading from the front is key to motivating your employees and making them feel as though you contribute to the process in your role as leader.
Other attributes, such as decisiveness, awareness and focus, enable a good leader to make informed decisions based on the needs of both the company and its employees, while keeping sight of the bottom line for clients and customers. All leaders need to have a degree of confidence that helps inspire their employees to work harder and stay committed to the company. Honesty is key, as leaders are often the face of an organisation. The likes of Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, or Bill Gates are synonymous with their companies and still continue to have an effect on public perception of these brands.
Accountability is key in a role of leadership, with employees often looking up to those in management for solutions and answers to problems that pop up during the work process. More than holding individuals accountable, holding yourself accountable can help build a sense of empathy between the different levels of a company, building a closer workforce that is more committed to both the company and their leader.
Understanding your personal leadership style can help you focus on the positive aspects of your professional personality and help you build stronger relationships with your employees. Instead of trying to emulate the great and famous corporate leaders of past and present, rather use their success stories as the foundation for your own path to success.
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