I am pretty sure we have all read about the seven leadership styles. What I would like to do is pick one or two and see if we can dissect them a bit to see how effective they may or may not be.
We’re going to chat about three of them.
The Coaching Style offers hands-on advice to problem solving. This type of leader believes that people come before profit. So, If you put the professional growth of the team first, then the profit will follow. They should not be confused with a coach, but do have coaching skills. This is done by receiving and providing valuable feedback and having motivating conversations with their team members.
This style is popular because it can level the playing field, it builds confidence, promotes individual and team excellence, develops strong commitment to common goals, and produces valuable leaders.
Big Picture Thinking
Coaching leaders show how the work fits into the overall goal by encouraging employees to try new things on their own. This shows them how they have the different pieces to put together into the final product. Coaching leaders use their empathy and self-awareness to encourage each person on the team to develop their individual strengths even though they assign challenging assignments. The key is providing them with the tools for their success.
The Transformational leader boosts morale, motivation, and performance by creating a singular sense of identity and purpose for a project. In it’s ideal form, it creates valuable and positive change in the followers with the end goal of developing followers into leaders.
Having a vision is the starting point. Then through inspiring the employees with influence, motivation, intellectual stimulation, and individualized consideration the team makes sacrifices for the good of the whole.
Is this you?
Have you ever taken control of a group situation by explaining the end goal, conveying a clear vision and a passion for the work? If you did and then energized the rest of the group to get you to this goal, then you might be a Transformational Leader.
This leader makes decisions based on the input of each team member. The leader with make the final decisions but each team member has an equal part of the project.
This is an effective style because it allows the employee to exercise authority at different levels. Something that they will use later on in their careers. Everyone is given the opportunity to participate, ideas are freely exchanged, and discussion is encouraged while the democratic leader is there to offer guidance and control.
How do you compare?
Many people believe that the Democratic style is the most effective style and works well in organizations that desire innovation. Using this style you get the reward of group member participation, high productivity, and more ideas and creative solutions.
How do you develop your own leadership style?
It is important to be yourself, authentic, and always professional. Think about your natural way of being and use those skills to show authority in your own positive way.
Having flexibility in situations will require you to access different types of leadership approaches but this will allow you to be sensitive to the needs of the team members you are working with while attaining your goals.
Don’t be afraid to try something new or different. Ask for feedback from your senior leadership team and really listen to how you could have approached a situation differently than you did.
Why is all of this important?
It goes back to my previous article on employees not leaving their jobs, but leaving their managers. Leaders have people follow them. Managers have people work for them. Leaders inspire and engage and create of vision that their people (followers) turn into reality. They make people become a part of something bigger than just reaching a goal. When this happens, you receive employee engagement, higher morale, and higher productivity. Turn over decreases and you have the basis of a positive company culture. You can sell a good company culture. Your team members will talk about it and people will want to work for you because of it.