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5 Leadership Styles to Consider


Across your career, you are going to find that you will need to change, adjust, flex different leadership styles based on your role, your team dynamics, and your staffs' needs. The best leadership style is the one that is the most effective in achieving the desired results while having a neutral to positive impact on the individuals you are leading. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. The beset style to use will depend on the specific context and the needs of the team. However, understanding different leadership styles, leaders can be more effective in choosing the right style for the situation and in developing their own leadership skills. The five leadership skills highlighted here: Structural, Participative, Servant, Free-thinking, and Transformational, are all based in sound leadership principles. They have been shown to be effective in a variety of settings and can be adapted to different settings. Most importantly, they can be learned and developed.

 

Structural leadership is a style that focuses on creating order and efficiency. The leader sets clear goals and expectations, and then provides the resources and structure necessary for team members to succeed. This style can be effective in situations where there is a need for quick decision-making or where tasks are complex and require a lot of coordination. However, it can also be seen as inflexible and authoritarian.




For example: A structural leader might be used in a manufacturing plant where there is a need for efficiency and consistency. The leader would set clear goals and expectations, and then provide the resources and structure necessary for team members to succeed.

 

Participative leadership is a style that involves team members in the decision-making process. The leader seeks input from others and is willing to delegate authority. This style can be effective in situations where there is a need for creativity and innovation, or where team members are highly motivated and capable. However, it can also be time-consuming and difficult to get everyone on the same page.





For example: A participative leader might be used in a marketing department where there is a need for creativity and innovation. The leader would seek input from team members and be willing to delegate authority.

 

Servant leadership is a style that focuses on the needs of others. The leader is humble and selfless, and is always willing to help others. This style can be effective in building trust and morale, and in creating a positive work environment. However, it can also be seen as weak or indecisive.








For example: A servant leader might be used in a non-profit organization where the focus is on helping others. The leader would be humble and selfless, and would always be willing to help others.

 

Freedom-thinking leadership is a style that encourages team members to think for themselves and come up with their own solutions. The leader provides guidance and support, but does not micromanage. This style can be effective in situations where there is a need for creativity and flexibility, or where team members are highly motivated and self-directed. However, it can also lead to chaos and disorganization.




For example: A freedom-thinking leader might be used in a software development company where there is a need for creativity and flexibility. The leader would provide guidance and support, but would not micromanage.

 

Transformational leadership is a style that inspires and motivates team members to achieve great things. The leader has a clear vision for the future, and is able to communicate that vision in a way that is inspiring. This style can be effective in leading change, or in motivating team members to achieve difficult goals. However, it can also be demanding and challenging.





For example: A transformational leader might be used in a company that is going through a major change. The leader would inspire and motivate team members to achieve great things, and would help them to see the vision for the future.

 

No one leadership style is perfect for every situation. The best style to use will depend on the specific context and the needs of the team. However, by understanding the different leadership styles, leaders can be more effective in choosing the right style for the situation and in developing their own leadership skills.


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