Leadership Styles: Which is The Most Effective

February 20, 2013
Leadership Styles: Which is The Most Effective


There is much controversy to what the best leadership style is and which is more effective. However, the possibility is more likely that it will take the use of a few different styles to be the most effective leader you can be. This is because different situations call for different leadership styles. There are ones in particular that you should know how to perform so that in whatever situation you are in, you can be the most effective leader possible.
1. Coaching – One of the four top effective leadership styles, coaching lets you as the leader connect to individual needs and wants with the goals of the organization. This technique will explore the life of a person and the values beyond just work. These type of leaders help each employee come up with long-term goals and develop a plan to meet these goals.
2. Visionary Leadership – This is when the leader sets a direction with a vision that they create and that engages their employees. Everyone can share the dream and the conclusion is that this leadership style could very well be the best one of all, especially the higher up in an organization someone progresses.
3. Democratic – This method encourages the inclusion and participation of all employees. This is especially effective when you as leader are really looking for ideas from employees.
4. Affiliate Leadership – Here, the leader will connect people to others which in turn create a harmony of teamwork. This leadership style encourages relationships and collaboration which in turn produces better loyalty, commitment and performance.
A couple more styles that are noticed and that you may have knowledge of but are said to not be as effective as the ones above are the Pacesetting Method and the Commanding Method.
1. Pacesetting – Here, the leader comes up with and achieves challenge goals. This is generally a very competitive method, and is therefore not as effective in a lot of situations since it promotes the good of one employee or department instead of regarding the organization as a whole. This is a technique that should be used sparingly.
2. Commanding – Here, the leader gives a clear direction and makes all the decisions on their own. It can be overused and misused a lot of the time, however, and has shown very little effect in organizations today. It is a useful technique in a time of crisis, to get a new plan started quickly, or with an employee who has become a problem, but this technique should also be used sparingly and in specific cases only.
When you know how and when to properly use the methods above, you can have a very smoothly run organization. Including some employee recognition programs where appropriate and even sales awards if your company is involved in sales will help to encourage your employees to do their very best when you balance the rewards correctly with these leadership methods.
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