What Kind of Leader Are You?
Understanding the characteristics of these seven common leadership styles can help leaders adapt and lead effectively.
You probably lean toward the style that meshes best with your personality and skills. To have the most impact, you should be flexible and integrate the leadership characteristics of other styles, writes Megan Doyle in “7 Leadership Styles and How to Find Your Own.”
Following is an overview of seven common leadership styles:
- Autocratic Leadership. Autocratic leaders establish clear goals along with specific guidelines for how to achieve them. They expect others to follow their instructions without query or hesitation.
- Pacesetting Leadership. This high energy leadership style pushes team members hard to achieve results, usually by working against deadlines. It can result in a high-pressure environment.
- Transformational Leadership. This future-focused style is guided by organizational purpose and overall goals. Transformative leaders motivate team members to pursue professional development and achieve organizational change.
- Coaching Leadership. Coaching leaders work to develop team members talents and strengths, and promote growth.
- Democratic Leadership. Democratic leaders seek team member input and buy-in before deciding on a course of action.
- Affiliative Leadership. This leadership type puts employee wellbeing first and focuses on achieving collaboration and harmony in the team.
- Delegative Leadership. Delegators provide minimum guidance and encourage team members to solve problems on their own.
Each leadership style has it pros and cons. Learn more at "7 Leadership Styles and How to Find Your Own."