Leadership is a process that involves directing and guiding a group to do the right things so as to attain a certain intended set goal. It is misinterpreted by management in most cases. Management, however, is more procedural oriented as leadership is concerned with all parties doing what is right.
1. The Authoritative Leader
This type of leaders has the main aim as the goal set and gives all team members the task as individuals to know what is best required of them to achieve success. This type of leader works best with a team of experts but with lesser qualifications when compared to them. This makes it appear as a challenge to see if team members are up to the challenge of figuring what is required of them and having free space to deliver results.
2. The Pacesetter
This is the most down to earth form of leadership as the leader is actively involved in all activities that take place. This type of leader is at the same level of management as the other team members or is a more hands-on person. Technical departments require this type of leader as new members get to learn from the best through practical explanations on how stuff is done. Team members are however restricted to the normal routines carried out. Innovation is highly prohibited alongside other possible methods or formulations of achieving the same result more efficiently or at the worker’s preference. Output can also be estimated as everything done is on a specific routine and speeds at which certain workers perform are estimated.
3. The Coach
From the normal games we observe, coaches have the task of analyzing situations and preparing users on what to expect as they formulate the right strategies. Coaches are meant to develop workers for future challenges they are bound to face. They work with the aim of formulating the right team members so that when new projects arise, work can easily be distributed and done in segments by each member. They ensure all team members know their role and maximize on achieving results in their allocations.
4. The Associate
This is a more caring type of leader. They work to create and strengthen bonds within an organization. They know that the strongest department in any organization is on the human resource and giving every worker their freedom to comfortably perform. These leaders come in handy when certain issues arise whether personal or affecting the organization. They provide the motherly care to members of the organization.
5. The Intimidator
This type of leader demands immediate compliance with instructions issued. This leader performs well when dealing with non-professionals as they require total guidance on every task carried out. They fail miserably when dealing with professionals who require holding talks and reason together on the right way to handle issues. Some professions like the military also use this types of leaders as the boss is always deemed to be right and it would be an offense to disregard a direct order from an authority.
6. The Democrat
This is a more consensus-oriented type of leader who believes that the majority should have the say. This leader ensures debates are held on arising issues and the best way forward is voted in by the team of professionals and taken into implementation. They ensure that team members agree on issues and are comfortable as they are not forced to carry out tasks but are comfortable in what they voted in.
Each situation requires leaders to pick the best form of leadership style to carry out the task. Management should, therefore, understand these leadership styles and know when it is most appropriate to implement them.
Question: Do you think you can pick the right leaders? Or not?