Leaders Excel With These Different Leadership Styles

Drive, along with effective leadership, allows you to develop a strong robust team and grow your business. Make sure your decisions meet challenges head-on with these 6 effective leadership styles:

 

Action-Oriented

This leadership style will feel very comfortable to high potentials on your team. “Getting the job done” is critical for action focus team members facing tight deadlines and specific project guidelines. Quick decision making is imperative and often there is no time to test and tweak to deliver results needed in your organization.

 

Transformative

Encourage transformative style team members to bring new ideas to the table frequently. As a leader, you need to ask qualifying questions and give time to process and offer options. When transformative style leaders feel their ideas affect the team positively, it encourages them to keep pushing forward.

 

Encouraging

Giving your team the confidence to produce ideas will help take the organization to the next level. Providing them with constructive feedback and reflecting on past successes, will encourage them toward future success. Often team members lack the confidence to speak up even though they have the right information.

Provide an encouraging environment and keep everyone focused.

 

Empowerment

Build your team’s authority by allowing them to make decisions and execute their ideas. A team that has the ability to make effective decisions will reduce turnover and increase engagement and ultimately can contribute to bottom-line effectiveness.

 

Reflective

Self-reflection is the key for this leadership style. Analyzing past events, actions, and results will help generate new ideas & solutions. This allows you to experience insights that may result in better opportunities for the future. This style is powerful, but it can be difficult at time as it requires you to put aside your vision and inspirations to let the team discover its own path forward.

 

Idealistic

For some, this style comes naturally and for others, it takes work. As an idealistic thinker, it is important to demonstrate the desired outcomes. Paint a detailed and vivid picture of the desired results. While this style is highly persuasive, use it sparingly; as its power comes in with infrequent and strategic use.

 

Great leaders know how to leverage natural skills and work on developing individual weaknesses.

It is essential to know which approach is best to use in specific circumstances and know when to avoid overusing one just because you excel at it.

 


Written for us by our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC.

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