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What Kind of Leader Are You?

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

While no leadership style is inherently good or bad, some styles work best in certain environments and with certain teams more than others. You should take this into consideration when choosing your leadership style. Harnessing the strengths of your own leadership style will go a long way to you being able to communicate effectively and to motivate your team. Here is an overview on the 9 most common leadership styles that experts say exists.

1: Autocratic leadership

This is the strictest of all the styles. Autocratic leaders have total control over the decision making process. This style is most effective when the tasks are routine and the decision-making is urgent, for example in a textile factory.

2: Bureaucratic Leadership

This style is not as strict as the autocrat, but they tend to strictly enforce regulations and hierarchical statues. This style is most effective in healthcare, government and safety environments, for example on a construction site.

3: Charismatic Leadership

These leaders tend to have an infectious energy that motives their team to follow them. Please naturally like them and this helps them to achieve more success. This leadership style is most effective in high-energy working environments, like sales and customer service where maintaining positive morale is important.

4: Democratic Leadership

Informal Meeting with Staff; Democratic leaders welcome input from members of their team.

Democratic leaders welcome input from members of their team.

This style is admired by most people and are extremely effective in creative work environments where quick decision-making is not necessary, for example in a graphics design company.

5: Laissez-faire Leadership

These leaders have a very hands-off approach to their leadership. They allow team members to assume responsibility in the decision making process while continuing to set employee expectations and monitor their performance. This style is most effective when working with highly experienced and confident teams, for example a team of senior managers.

6: Servant Leadership

Servant leaders share their power and decision-making with their team. They also direct the organisation in the interest of their staff. This style is most effective in humanitarian organisations and in teams that need to create diversity and inclusion, for example the United Nations.

7: Situational Leadership

Situational leaders modify their leadership style based on the needs of their team and the work environment. This style is effective in most organisations because of its versatility.

8: Transactional Leadership

These leaders use a system of rewards and punishments to motivate their employees to succeed and to avoid failure. This style is most effective in environments where teams are motivated by rewards, such as in sales or marketing.

9: Transformational Leadership

These leaders use their infectious energy and personality to motivate their employees. This style is very similar to the charismatic leader, but is often more effective, as it builds confidence and accountability in team members. This style is most effective in interactive environments involving intellectual teams, such as an arts school or counselling centre.

Which style can you relate to most? And which would be more suitable for your current team?

“Managers do things right; leaders do the right things.” Douglas Orane

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Taneallea Feddis is the Founder/Managing Director of BlackWall Consultants.

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Taneallea Feddis

Founder/Managing Director, BlackWall Consultants

She is an educator, website designer and content marketer.​ She helps entrepreneurs develop their business through coaching and developing their digital strategy. She is passionate about teaching new skills to others, and her goal is to encourage and assist Caribbean businesses with their digital transformation and sharing in their success stories. Click here to learn more about Taneallea Feddis.

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