There are many different types of leadership styles that are used for different reasons. Depending on the industry you are in, type of work your company does, how many employees there are, these are just a couple examples to use various styles of leadership or combine types together. Ultimately, as humans, we are always trying to figure out the best way to go about your daily lives. Figuring out what type of leadership styles suits you best or the best type that you react to can entail help your work ethic, job performance, and happiness.  Leaders who can change their style based off their work environment often are more successful because of how adaptive they are to achieve results.

Directive Leadership

Just as the title sounds, this method is very direct. Instead of allowing your team members to have insight on decisions, instead the leader will tell you how to complete things. This leadership style can be very effective depending on the type of personalities within your team.

Transformational Leadership

“Through the strength of their vision and personality, transformational leaders are able to inspire followers to change expectations, perceptions, and motivations to work towards common goals.”

Servant Leadership

When a leader takes a servant approach, they are looking to put others first. Clients, customers, employees, they look to best serve them without becoming demanding. Overall, this method is ‘softer’ than the other styles because a servant leader likes to share power rather than dictate.

Participative Leadership

Participative leadership, also known as democratic leadership. While this leadership style is not as common in the corporate world, some professions require this type of attitude, e.g., social workers, arbitrators, group therapists, and facilitators.

Authoritative Leadership

Authoritative or ‘visionary’ leaders often inspire by motivation based off their prior experiences. They know what it takes to accomplish a goal and will lend a hand to someone who is willing to learn and help them achieve reach that objective.