What Type of Leader Are You?

So what type of leader are you?

You could be a team leader, a manager or a CEO.

Whichever the case, you are leader or some sort.

The way you lead is what defines your “leadership style.”

When we say “style,” we are trying not to classify leadership methods under the categories of right or wrong.

If it’s just the way you lead and it works for you.

It’s just your style.

It’s usually difficult to judge ourselves…

Especially when it comes to the way we lead.

Your employees may give you subtle hints about your leadership approach.

But most of the time…

They are going to try their best not to give you opinionated comments about how you do your job.

Because they are scared of you, unless you are a softy.

So, instead of throwing in a quiz…

We have decided to present you with the most common types of leadership styles so you can “know thyself”.

Laissez-Faire Leader — the Softy
warren buffett

Laissez faire is a French word that translates to, “to leave.”

A laissez-faire leader “leaves” his followers to do as they will.

The followers or employees could be highly experienced or trained individuals that don’t need dictations to do their job.

A laissez faire leader demands less feedback.

This type of leadership can prove ineffective for those subordinates who need supervision to maintain productivity.

Famous laissez-faire leaders

Andrew Mellon embodies the 20th-century laissez-faire American leader.

Ronald Reagan was known for allowing his subordinates to complete their responsibilities in the manner they saw fit, without autocratically looking over their shoulders.

Warren Buffett may be the most surprising name among successful laissez-faire leaders.

Democratic Leader — the Parent
Tommy Lasorda

Democratic leadership, also known as participative leadership, is a perfect blend of “autocratic” and “laissez-faire” leadership styles.

This type of leader usually consults his employees or followers before making a decision.

So they get to participate in the decision-making process but the authority to finalize decision lies with the leader only.

This is usually the “best” form of leadership since it offers the benefits of both extremes (laissez-faire and autocratic) while canceling out the disadvantages of each.

Famous democratic/participative leaders

Indra Nooyi, the CEO and chairman of PepsiCo, has endeared herself to employees.

Bill George was a senior executive at Honeywell and Litton Industries before joining Medtronic as CEO.

Tommy Lasorda a successful baseball pitcher before coaching, Lasorda bonded with his players.

Autocratic Leader — The Emperor
Helen Gurley Brown

This an extreme form of dominant leadership.

Autocratic leaders make all the decisions and they make it alone.

They don’t need to consider anyone’s opinions or ask for advice.

They only command.

This form of leadership is best in crisis situations, but it can be highly demoralizing for the followers.

Famous autocratic leaders

Lorne Michaels is one of the 20th century’s most influential figures, Michaels changed television comedy and altered American culture in subtle and extraordinary ways.

As creative producer of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” Michaels launched hundreds of comedians’ careers, from Dan Aykroyd and Gilda Radner to Eddie Murphy and Will Ferrell.

Roger Ailes was the president of the Fox News Channel has a reputation as an autocratic leader dating to the late 1960s, when he worked as an advisor to President Nixon.

Helen Gurley Brown was the former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine is notable for many things, not least of which was her ability to consistently turn a profit in publishing for more than three decades.

Transformational Leader — the Visionary
Ross Perot

This type of leader, usually a CEO, or some other “big guy” is focused on the big picture.

He communicates his ideas with all the members’ concerns and provides them with frequent updates on how far they are on reaching a goal.

This type of leader believes that frequent communication, high visibility and constant reminders are the best ways to motivate followers.

He believes that everyone, even the guy with the mail, somehow contributes to the precious end goals.

Famous transformational leadership

William Edwards Deming is known as the father of statistical quality control.

Peter Drucker was a professor and management consultant among other things.

He coined the term “knowledge worker.”

Ross Perot started his career as a salesman for IBM.

Transactional Leader — the Briber
Bill Gates

A leader with a transactional style believes that all men are motivated by pleasure and pain.

To get things done, they offer rewards.

When things aren’t done the way they should be, they provide punishments.

This is, of course, based on performance and how well assigned goals or tasks were accomplished.

The good employees may receive bonuses or awards.

The bad ones, well, some sort of corrective action is used depending on the seriousness of the felony (okay, not that serious—maybe just a bad bonus).

Famous transactional leadership

Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf went to Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese army.

He used the rules and regulations of the military to coordinate operations on several continents.

Vince Lombardi is best known as the coach for the Green Bay Packers.

Bill Gates used to visit new product teams and ask difficult questions until he was satisfied that the teams were on track and understood the goal.

Situational Leader — the Coach

A situational leader is a lot like a great coach.

This type of leader is directive as well as supportive and offers ample mentoring to help the team achieve its goals.

This type of leader is patient and believes he is the driving force of the team.

He attempts to “level the playing field” by taking the whole team together and offering additional mentoring to anyone who needs extra support.

This type of leadership is good to use when certain procedures need fine-tuning or refinement.

Famous situational leadership
John Wooden

Dwight D. Eisenhower was the president of the United States after World War II.

He was known for his diplomacy and his ability to get the allied leaders to work together to defeat the Nazi war machine.

Patricia Sue Summitt was the head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers for over 38 years.

She was named head coach for the U.S. women’s basketball team in the 1984 Olympics, where the team won a gold medal.

John Wooden was named the head coach of UCLA’s men’s basketball team.

So if you are an autocratic leader, consider giving your employee a little more discretion and providing them the opportunity to add a little input.

A laissez-faire leader will always run into trouble for not meeting targets or lacking proper control if certain attention-necessitating individuals are neglected.

A transformation leader sometimes needs to be reminded that small goals and daily tasks are of equal importance and require attention before the big goals can be reached.

A transactional leader needs to go beyond the reward and punishment approach by experimenting with communicative methods a little more.

A situational leader is good to use when certain procedures need fine-tuning or refinement.

So, which one are you?

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