What is your leadership style? This is an important question for those aiming to climb the ladder at their jobs. Once you move up, you are no longer only responsible for your work; you need to make sure your whole team achieves success. How do you get them motivated, focused and hitting the targets laid out for all of you?
There are eight common leadership styles:
- Democratic Leadership – with this style, the leader seeks the input of each team member in order to make decisions.
- Autocratic Leadership – in contrast, this leader makes decisions on their own, without the input of their team.
- Laissez-Faire Leadership – this style passes the authority to the team members with very little direction or instruction from the leader.
- Strategic Leadership – this leader sits between executives and their team, taking the instructions and input from higher up but also making sure his or her team is cared for and heard.
- Transformational Leadership – this leader consistently pushes their team to do more and be something new, frequently keeping them outside of their comfort zones.
- Transactional Leadership – this leader rewards team members for the work they do and goals hit.
- Coach-Style Leadership – much like a coach, this leader identifies and nurtures the unique strengths and skills of each team member.
- Bureaucratic Leadership – these leaders will listen to team members’ input, but they won’t apply that input if it goes against company policy or past practices.
These leadership styles vary by degrees of effectiveness, but it’s important to understand where you currently stand so you can improve. A sign of a good leader is that he or she is always looking for ways to better themselves and their teams!