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LEAD WITH (THE RIGHT LEADERSHIP) STYLE

The best leaders don't know just one style of leadership - they're skilled at many, and have the flexibility to switch between the styles depending on the circumstances, the situation and who is involved.

There are six different common leadership styles, each with their pros and cons.

The key is to know what style to use to get the results you want.


To be a great leader that delivers long-term results and sustained performance, your go-to style should be either visionary, democratic, affiliative, coaching, or a combination of these.


As a general rule, pacesetting and commanding leadership should not be used consistently - as over time these styles can harm the performance and attitudes of your workm8tes.

Leadership style

Impact

Frequency

Visionary

>

Strongly positive

>

Often

Affiliative

>

Very positive

>

Often

Coaching

>

Positive

>

Often

Democratic

>

Positive

>

Often

Commanding

>

Negative

>

Infrequently

Pacesetting

>

Negative

>

Infrequently


Find your (leadership) style


Leadership styles flow chart

It is good to know what style you naturally gravitate to or are most comfortable using. It can be helpful to understand what leadership style you will default to – in which situations this is ok and for which situations you may need to consider using a different style.

Now you know your typical leadership style, make sure it is the right style to use to get the outcomes you want. 

Identifying and deciding when to use a particular leadership style is a strategic choice. 

  

There is a time and a place for every leadership style. A good leader is able to understand the strengths of each style and use the best approach depending on the situation.




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