KNOW YOUR LEADERSHIP STYLE

Leadership style is a leader’s approach to people, events, and processes. It consists of his personal available assets to achieve his vision. Style is dependent upon the leader’s motivation and personal make-up. Make-up can be influenced by a number of personal and environmental factors.

We are driven by our motivation to accomplish objectives. The extent and complexity of those objectives manifest themselves from a cauldron of situations and the way our personality addresses those situations: with what level of maturity, at what acceptance of risk, and with what learning through education and experience.

There are numerous leadership styles, but most may be placed in the four major categories. The effectiveness of any style is situational. Dictators, for example, perfom well in military leadership roles, but lack the warmth to lead community volunteers. Benevolent dictators, too soft for military duty, lead business well when a firm hand and occasional smile motivate employee performance. Coaches are task-oriented, but tend through growth and development of people. They seek to leave followers stronger than they found them. When difficult decisions are required, they become benevolent dictators until the mission is complete; then they return to coaching. When operations are exceptional, they become missionaries, giving more care to followers. Missionaries are usually not successful in business over the long term because their focus is often limited to humanitarian goals. It is only a matter of time before change forces a tough new direction, the discipline of a stray employee, or the ability to use the word no. In such difficult situations, they do not lead well. Those who follow missionaries do so out of faith rather than out of recognition of authority or vision.

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