When it comes to the style of leadership used in a particular business unit, there are many variations. Learning to understand and modify a style is a key part of leadership development initiatives. Understanding the 5 most common leadership styles and their techniques is very helpful in gaining mastery. A particular style may not be in a given manager’s wheel house but the characteristics and techniques of each style can allow a manager to modify to the situation. In a recent article on the subject, Julie Bawden Davis covers the 5 styles we find most often…
“Also known as democratic leadership, the participative leadership style focuses on culling opinions from all employees in order to make a decision that reflects the majority’s opinion and desires. While the leader offers guidance and support, the decisions are primarily consensual among all involved, and the leader makes final decisions based on the majority’s vote.“
Take a look at icons in the business world, and you’ll see a wide range of leadership styles. How company leaders guide employees and motivate them to fulfill directives is as diverse as the leaders themselves.
While all small-business owners have their own particular method of inspiring employees, most use one or more of the following five leadership styles. Identifying how you lead can help you more effectively run your company. Which of the following leadership styles sounds most like you?
Also known as democratic leadership, the participative leadership style focuses on culling opinions from all employees in order to make a decision that reflects the majority’s opinion and desires. While the leader offers guidance and support, the decisions are primarily consensual among all involved, and the leader makes final decisions based on the majority’s vote.
The participative leadership style is particularly useful if the leader wishes to encourage participation and agreement among employees. This democratic method does not work well, however, if the leader must make a quick decision.
Authoritative leaders inform employees of a common vision and goal for the company and detail employee responsibilities designed to make reaching that goal a reality. There is a clear division between employees and the employer, and the employees are clear on the desired result. They are often given guidelines but allowed to fulfill their obligations as they see fit.
The authoritarian style is particularly useful for those leaders who tend to know more than their employees, and it works best when there is no time for group decision-making. If employees are particularly talented and experienced in their own right, this leadership style can be limiting and stifling for them.”…– See more at: http://risenetworks.org/2013/10/11/leadership-styles-5-most-common-techniques-decoded/#sthash.HnLQO7zV.dpuf
The reality is that any leadership style, backed by the right skills and techniques and relationship skills can be successful. Some styles are better suited for a given business or situation but any style with reasonable versatility can be effective. Knowledge of the strengths, characteristics and tendencies for each of the main styles will allow managers to assess a given leadership situation and adapt to the needs of the situation and the people being led.
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