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Develop Your Leadership Styles

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What style of leader are you? Are you decisive, directing your team confidently? Maybe you are inclusive, gathering input from your team when making decisions. Or could you be relaxed, allowing your capable workers to handle their responsibilities independently?

Different Styles of Leadership

Many styles of leadership are recognized today. The above three styles are often referred to as Authoritative, Participative and Delegative. Other leadership styles include Mentoring, Coaching, Influence, Facilitative and Charismatic. Every leader has a tendency to operate in one primary leadership style. Some managers use their natural style almost exclusively. Other managers utilise a few different styles, depending on the situation. This ability to use different types of leadership is commonly referred to as Situational Leadership.

Having the understanding and ability to confidently function as a leader in several different styles is a must in today’s business environment. Developing these leadership skills may be challenging, but it is doable.

Knowing which leadership Style to Apply

Not only must we be competent in different leadership styles, we also have to know when to apply which style. There are several factors to consider when choosing a leadership style, such as the importance and urgency of the situation. Workers’ competence in specific areas should also be considered. It may also be important to factor in aspects of employee personality.

Because every team is composed of individuals with unique knowledge, skills, experience, personality, confidence and attitude, choosing the most appropriate leadership style in each situation can be challenging. When should I as a leader be decisive, instructing my team members clearly? When is it appropriate be inclusive, getting input from team members? When should I stand back and let my team operate more independently?

As managers in today’s competitive business world, we must be open to continual learning. A leader needs to understand the strengths and weaknesses of each member in her team. Managers must evaluate situations, decision to be made, and task to be performed. Finally, we need to develop our leadership skills so that we are ready to manage appropriately in every workplace situation.