RSS Leadership Requires Flexible Styles

I was surfing the Web recently looking for a good reference piece to share on my blog. In my search, I discovered an interesting online article which briefly describes the six different leadership styles (visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting and commanding), that are effective in the workplace. Click here to read the article in its entirety.

The article speaks to the fact that the most effective leaders move among the various styles, adopting the leadership style that meets the needs of the moment. I couldn’t agree more. Leadership is not simply finding a style that best suits YOU; it’s having the ability to adapt to a particular situation and then using the skills required at that particular moment.

I have known many leaders who are adept at managing situations and who can provide instruction and execute a particular strategy to perfection; however, they have a hard time understanding that their role as leader needs to be fluid and that they need to be perceived as creating value in a multitude of ways.
Consider the following leadership goals assigned to the six leadership styles stated in the article reference above:

1. Visionary: …to move people”

2. Coaching: …to improve performance”

3. Affiliative: …to create harmony”

4. Democratic: …to create a group commitment”

5. Pacesetting: … to set a high standard”

6. Commanding: … to make an urgent turnaround (be decisive)”

It is interesting to note that being “commanding” is what many companies seek from their leaders and yet, according to the article, is often the least effective and most limiting of leadership styles.

I offer this article as an interesting topic of discussion. Please feel free to weigh in on the type of leadership style you find most effective in leading your team members toward organizational success.

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One Response to “Leadership Requires Flexible Styles”

  1. Chuck Ballard says:

    Commanding is chosen because most American business leaders have lost the meaning of the distinction between leadership and managership over the past 60 years or so.

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