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USE THE RIGHT (LEADERSHIP) STYLE FOR YOUR SITUATION

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


The 6 leadership styles

Download a copy of the 6 leadership styles poster here:

6 LEADERSHIP STYLES POSTER
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Know what style to use

Next time you are faced with a challenge, stop and think,"what leadership approach is best for this situation?"

Situation

Consider using this leadership style

Hard deadline with serious repercussions if missed 

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Commanding 

Pacesetting 

Workplace incident that threatens the immediate safety of workers

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Commanding 

Significant workplace internal change including restructured teams

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Affiliative  

Growing workers’ skills 

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Coaching  

Setting new organisation goals

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Visionary  

Affiliative 

Setting upcoming work schedules, timing of projects, allocation of resources

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Democratic 

Coaching 

Reviewing workplace policies and procedures

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Democratic 

Solving a complex non-time critical problem 

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Visionary 

Affiliative 

Coaching 

Democratic 

Having a difficult conversation with a worker

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Affiliative 

Coaching 

Democratic 

Commanding – if the worker is demonstrating particularly problematic behaviours or other approaches have failed. 




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