Leadership Styles

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According to research, leadership is the way an individual devices power to lead other people. The study discovers numerous leadership models and styles based on the sum of followers. The most contrasting leadership styles depends mainly on the role of the leader, the condition, and the followers.

What are the different styles of Leadership?

Enrolled below are eight different types of styles leaders tend to adopt while leading other people. Not all the enlisted styles are ideal for all kinds of situations, but reading them through can help you understand which one fits perfect to your organization, or situation:

1. Autocratic Leadership

This type of leadership is focused typically on the boss. The leader upholds the entire responsibility and authority to get the work done. The leader makes decisions on his own without any consultation from subordinates. Decisions are communicated to them, and prompt implementation is anticipated. This kind of leadership has little or no flexibility.

2. Democratic Leadership

This type of leadership involves subordinates whenever decisions – small or big are made. Unlike the autocratic one, the Democratic leadership is focused on the contribution of subordinates. The leader in such a scenario holds the ultimate responsibility, however often delegates responsibilities to others as a way of opportunity.

3. Strategic Leadership

This type of leadership involves the head of an organization to play the role of a leader. Here, the leader is not confined to people working at the top of the business. However, with strategic tactics, the leader creates a high-performance team and organization.

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4. Transformational Leadership

This type of leadership, unlike other styles, is about bringing forth transformation in the team, groups, oneself as well as the organization. The leader encourages others to put in more efforts than before. He sets more challenging goals and trains to meet them with higher performance. So, transformational style is more centered on empowerment.

5. Team Leadership

This type of leadership emphasizes on the creation of a future, which belongs to the team and the organization. The team leader visualizes the purpose and induces a spirit of enthusiasm to achieve the desired goal. The entire team in such a leadership style is inspired to work with all the heart and mind. The leader here must be robust enough to remove all the gaps of the followers and use their strength to bring out great results.

6. Facilitative Leadership

Facilitative leadership- This type is overly dependent on calculations and results not on skills. Hence, the effectiveness of the team is directly proportionate to the efficiency of the process. That means if the team is high performing than the leader keeps a light watch on the process. On the contrary, if the team is performing low then the leader turns more directive and further assists the team to run the process more efficiently. A real facilitative leader here monitors the team capacity, hard work, and zest dynamics while achieving the goal.

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7. Laissez-faire Leadership

This type of leadership usually gives all the authority to the subordinates. According to research, subordinates here are allowed and free to work without any interference at all. This type of leadership has been discovered to be one of the least likable forms of leadership styles.

8. Transactional Leadership

Transactional leadership continues to work with a traditional leadership. Here, subordinates get tangible rewards, for successfully carrying out leader’s orders or completing assigned tasks. It sounded necessary but centered on the exchange. A real transactional leader here attempts to train the team, motivates them throughout the process and gives rewards as a result of their performance and hard work.

While there are various leadership styles, we have discussed above, using the right style at the right time will pay off.

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