Leadership Styles: What Type of Leader Are You? [Infographic]
Everyone has their own way of dealing with others. Especially when it comes to motivating and inspiring our employees. However, research from Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee suggests we all fall into one of six leadership styles. The more we know about these styles, the easier we can use them to our advantage. So, what kind of leader are you?
Exploring Leadership Styles
What we call leadership is really the ability to motivate and inspire others. The research suggests there are six specific ways in which we do this. They range from the commanding leader, who gives orders and expects them to be followed, to the affiliative leader who motivates through praise and nurturing. The infographic below, provided by Headway Capital, will help you understand what kind of leader you are.
The problem, of course, is not every leadership style is effective in every situation, or with every employee. Just as we lead differently, each of our employees responds in their own way. Also, every situation requires its own approach. Thankfully, the information below goes beyond simply identifying your style. It will help you become familiar with all of the leadership styles. It also suggests ways to adapt to the situation at hand.
Your leadership style is a part of who you are. The most effective leaders, however, know how to use all these leadership styles and adapt. You may feel best doing things from the heart. But, as the old saying goes, “a leader with no followers is just a guy taking a walk.”