The Importance of Choosing the Right Leadership Style
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"A groom used to spend whole days in currycombing and rubbing down his Horse, but at the same time stole his oats and sold them for his own profit. “Alas!” said the Horse, “if you really wish me to be in good condition, you should groom me less, and feed me more.” — Aesop's Fables
Moral of the Story: Looking good is never good enough.
When developing your leadership skills, one must soon confront an important practical question, "What leadership styles work best for me and my organization?" To answer this question, it's best to understand that there are ...view middle of the document...
For example, the laissez faire style implies low control, the autocratic style is high in control while the participative one lies somewhere in between. Kurt Lewin called these control styles: authoritative, participative (democratic) or delegative (Laissez Faire).
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Partly, your style choice on the control demension is a matter of personal choice. The style has its advocates, but it is falling out of favor due to the many weaknesses of autocratic leadership.
Some people have argued that the style is popular with today's CEO's, who have much in common with feudal lords of Medieval Europe.These CEOs are simply control freaks who want a "firm hand on the helm" and will not tolerate difference of opinions.
The Charismatic Style
“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” - Confucius
This is a special leadership style commonly often associated with transformational leadership. While charisma is extremely powerful, it is difficult to learn and not that easy to define.
The Coaching Style of Leadership
A great coach is definitely a leader who also possess a unique gifts ability to teach and train.
Not all individuals can adapt to the leadership styles expected in a different culture whether that culture is organizational or national. In fact, there is some evidence that American and Asian Leadership Styles are very different, primarily due to cultural factors.
Contrary to the belief of many, groups don't automatically accept a new "boss" as leader. Emergent leadership is what you must do when one taking over a new group.
The Exchange Style
Sometimes known as leader-member exchange, the style involves the exchange of favors between two individuals. An exchange can be hierarchical between the boss and subordinate or occur between two individuals of equal status. For this leadership style to work, you need to know how to develop, maintain and repair relationships.
The Laissez Faire Leadership Style
The style is largely a "hands off" view that tends to minimize the amount of direction and face time required. Works well if you have highly trained, highly motivated direct reports.
Situational Leadership. In the 1950s, management theorists from Ohio State University and the University of Michigan published a series of studies to determine whether leaders should be more task or relationship (people) oriented. The importance of the research cannot be over estimated since leaders tend to have a dominant style; a leadership style they use in a wide variety of situations. Surprisingly, the research discovered that there is no one best style: leaders must adjust their leadership style to the situation as well as to the people being led.
Hershey and Blanchard's Model of Situational Leadership. Going back to the 1970s, the model primarily focuses on the nature of the task as the...