Leadership Skills and Styles May 1st, 2018
Common leadership characteristics are widely known, but are there specific leadership styles that are more effective in different work environments? The author Daniel Goleman believes so. In his book, Primal Leadership, he describes six leadership styles: ‘Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, Democratic, Pacesetting, and Commanding.’ A good leader is an all-around persuader, motivator, and cognizant of employee morale. Successful leaders are flexible in guiding teams based on members and external circumstances.
The Most Common Styles:
Ideally, a leader will exhibit qualities from all categories, but the visionary leader is most effective in a business setting. The most important quality of a leader is adaptability, in which the leader can pull skills from all areas of management and use what is applicable for the situation, environment, and team. When looking for a qualified leader within an organization, it is important to asses what it is you need from your leader, what skills are necessary to accomplish your organization’s goals, and what personality type will be most effective in your work environment. An effective leader can bring an unbeknownst amount of success to your company if he or she is matched up according to the direction of your company.
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