Saturday, September 10, 2016

Where Does Leadership Come From?

4 Leadership Styles that are Most Effective

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Do you want to become a better leader at work, home, and in the community? 

There are several different types of leadership styles and they are all effective, depending on your personality.  A great leader is able to accommodate to the personalities, and strengths of themselves, and learn the strengths of the people they are providing leadership to. 

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Types of Leadership Styles: 

Transformational Leadership: Leaders of this style demonstrate the following characteristics: 1) Setting Clear Goals; 2) Encourages Others; 3) Provides Support and Recognition; 4) Challenges Others to Look Beyond Self-Interest; 5) Stirring Emotions in People; and 6) Is a Model of Integrity and Fairness.  Transformational Leaders set a clear vision to guide others through needed change, with an inspirational approach.

Task-Oriented Leadership: Task-Oriented Leaders demonstrate a clear and precise approach to finding solutions.  Leaders of this style demonstrate the following characteristics: 1) Creation of Detailed Plans and Schedules; 2) Continously Reviewing Tasks to Ensur the Project is on Track for Completion; 3) Setting and Sticking to Tight Schedules; 4) Reviewing All Elements of a Project with All Employees; 5) Prioritizes Goals; and 6) Providing Employees with Clear Expectations, Roles, and emphasizes on Team Building.

Coaching Leadership: Coaching Leaders provide essential leadership in not only the 'coaching' profession, but in the business world as well.  Coaching Leaders provide an essential aspect to creating a team environment in any profession.  Leaders of this style demonstrate: 1) Setting Clear Roles and Tasks for Team Members; 2) Identifying and Creating Performance Goals that Need Improvement; 3) Assisting Others Advance Their Skills; 4) Provide Essential Guidance Through Processes; 5) Create a Positive Work Environment for Employees to Strive in Professionally and Personally; and 6) Provide a General Understanding of the Overall Strategy / Big Picture of an Organization or Company.

Authoritative Leadership: Authoritative Leaders are often referred to as autocratic leaders. This type of leadership incorporates clear expectations, and provides a 'controlled' environment for others to follow.  Authoriative Leaders demonstrate: 1) Providing Explanation to Others in how a Task Should be Completed; 2) Developing and Implementing an Exact Time Line of When a Task or Project should be Completed; 3) Uphold Control Over Their Followers by Clearly Defining and Requiring Others to Follow Regulating Rules, Methodologies, and Policies; 4) Fosters Little Creativity in Decision Making as a Team; but 5) Creates an Expected Environment for Employees, which Lead to Measured Productivity.

Bottom line, it is crucial to a company or organization to incorporate various leadership styles.  A person in a managerial and 'boss' role may wear different 'hats'of leadership styles, but usually will be consistent with one style.  The most successful teams within companies and organizations incorporate a variety of leadership styles to assist in fostering an encouraging, goal focused, and productive approach.  

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