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Understanding the Six Different Styles of Leadership


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This is Pepper Rutland's presentation on the different styles of leadership, and the strengths and weaknesses of each. For more information, visit Pepper Rutland's blog on the subject:

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Understanding the Six Different Styles of Leadership

  1. 1. the sixdifferent styles of leadership U N D E R S T A N D I N G P E P P E R R U T L A N D
  2. 2. A LEADER. As I shared in my last presentation, there are qualities which make for great leadership; but, just as people are different, there is not one type of great leader.
  3. 3. THE DIFFERENCES In fact, there are multiple types of leadership, six of which I've highlighted here to provide examples and to help aspiring leaders better understand the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
  4. 4. Does not involve employees in decisions, but may allow them to choose how to deal with them once they're made. AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP Strength: Saves time and allows everyone to focus on their own tasks. Weakness: Not beneficial if employees know more than the leader, or the leader is experienced.
  5. 5. Democratic leadership involves employees in final decisions that will be made by the leader, taking and synthesizing the best of advice. DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP Strength: Keeps employees engaged, inspires creativity. Weakness: Can be time consuming and is not good for things that require immediate turnarounds.
  6. 6. Offer rewards in exchange for completed work, and punishment when things aren't done to their liking. TRANSACTIONAL LEADERSHIP Strength: Increases value for employees that perform well. Weakness: Can create a culture of fear and low morale
  7. 7. This style of leader puts all in the abilities of his team, and allows them to do as they will, often without any questions. LAISSEZ-FAIRE LEADERSHIP Strength: Great for employees who are able to self-manage Weakness: Those who are used to being told what to do may be less productive.
  8. 8. This leader values transparency and communication, and will often provide updates on progress and frequent reminders. TRANSFORMATIONAL LEADERSHIP Strength: Makes employers comfortable to share as well Weakness: Could be overwhelming to constantly receive information over which one doesn't have control
  9. 9. Situational leader acts as a coach to employees. S/he is willing to mentor and encourage employees along the way of achieving goals. SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP Strength: Great for learning and professional development. Weakness: Employees may become dependent on leadership in order to perform
  10. 10. V I S I T w w w . p e p p e r r u t l a n d . n e t F O R M O R E T I P S O N L E A D E R S H I P