Different Styles of Leadership

Different Styles of Leadership

28 September 2017

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Being able to lead a group of your peers successfully is a highly niche skill. Whilst I’m sure many people think they ‘could do better’ if they are experiencing poor management, the actual day-to-day involved in a leadership position is actually not for everyone. You have to be decisive, swift, thorough and mindful all at the same time. You have to cater to your teams’ needs and those of the business. It can often be a hard balance to strike.

This got me thinking about the different types of leadership we have no doubt all encountered during our careers. You can be fortunate enough to experience the enthusiasm and drive of an Elon Musk-type or be on the receiving end of some Alex Ferguson-style hairdryer treatment.

Here are just some of the different examples of leadership style that I have come across in my research. Can you identify with some of them? Have you experienced many of them?


Essentially, the buck stops with you. You hold all responsibility and authority and don’t feel the need to consult others when you make a decision. There isn’t really much in the way of flexibility and it is expected that all new procedures are implemented swiftly.


You allow your employees and departments to operate with minimal interference. This can be both a positive and negative thing. It’s great if your team leaders are self-sufficient and motivated, but if you don’t have the right employees in place, things can fall apart fairly quickly.


High levels of communication, motivation and productivity are all part of this style of leadership. It’s all about visions and goals – and being able to lead your employees successfully towards them. As the title suggests, it’s about completely transforming a business through solid communication and high visibility.


A charismatic leader is able to – through excellent communication, vision and visibility – change employees beliefs and values in order to work towards a core business strategy. These personas are incredibly rare and usually go very far within the business world, with their following fully behind them.


Bridging the gap between possibility and practicality is a strategic leader. It’s about spotting gaps in the organisation and delivering the solutions needed to drive things forward. This style of leadership is often more noticeable in times of crises or change.


Trusting, co-operative relationships are at the heart of every successful team. This kind of leadership recognises this and uses it to its advantage. This isn’t a case of ‘too many cooks’, rather it acknowledges that everyone has something different to bring to the table.


This is a leadership style that is based on strict measurements, KPIs and outcomes. The effectiveness of a group is directly related to the efficacy of its process. If a particular department or centre is low functioning, the facilitative leader will put more directives in place to help improve certain metrics.


This is simply a case of maintaining things in their current state. It’s a leadership style that provides solid, relevant feedback, provides rewards for meeting objectives and demonstrates how to meet expectations. It is like a transaction: Employees do one thing in order to receive another.

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Written By Barry Lee


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