What are the main leadership styles?

Throughout history, great leaders have emerged with particular leadership styles in providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. These can be broadly grouped into 6 different categories, learn more about different leadership styles

6 different styles of leadership

Below we will explain the 6 different styles of leadership:

The Commanding Leader

A Commanding Leader is more directive in nature, with communication being one way and top-down to the team. They are commanding and give clear directions through one’s powerful stance. Leaders with this style prefer to take almost all the decisions by themselves and exert control over execution. Leaders ensure that the rules and processes are clearly defined so that the team does not face any problems in following them. Rules and guidelines play an important role in defining and executing tasks at the workplace. The work is done in a structured way, usually leaving less scope for flexibility and creativity.

The Affiliative Leader

An Affiliative Leader focuses on the connection and harmony between employees. They focus on solving conflicts between team members, recognizing good work, and maintaining the morale of employees. This style highlights the importance of collaboration and trusting relationships in the workplace. They usually allow flexibility to appease employees and build trust. They care about what their team members think about them, so they take the team’s interests and emotions into account while making decisions.

The Coaching Leader

A Coaching Leader acts as a coach to inspire, encourage, and guide team members. The leaders make important decisions, but they welcome and consider feedback from all team members. Coaching leaders encourage positive interactions between team members. The coaching leaders have effective coaching skills, they lead to get the best out of the team members. They take efforts to develop and improve the competence and performance of team members. The leader ensures that the team can work autonomously and independently and supports them whenever required.

The Democratic Leader

A Democratic Leader values listening and collaboration. They provide time and space to team members to create the best possible products and services. The leader encourages team members to share their ideas and opinions and rewards creativity. The leader aims to build consensus through participation. The democratic leadership style is based on the principle that everyone has to agree with the decisions. The style relies more on listening than directing.

The Pacesetting Leader

A Pacesetting Leader is usually an expert in a certain market/niche and aims to get the most from highly motivated employees. These leaders ask many questions from their team members. They use their experience and set high standards of performance for others to follow. Pacesetting leaders have an empowering attitude and create a high standard of excellence by achieving goals themselves, which “sets the bar” for other employees. They expect people to know what to do but will take over if employees are lagging and rescue the situation themselves, if necessary.

The Visionary Leader

A Visionary Leader offers inspiration to one’s team members. The leader makes the team members visualize and dream about the company’s goals and be motivated to achieve them. The leaders understand the vision and relate to it. They help the team see the impossible as possible. They leverage their expertise to gain the respect and credibility necessary to “rally” employees to follow their ideas and plans. These leaders are courageous and daring, willing to take calculated risks.

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