Unlike other traits, leadership plays a major factor in making everything work together smoothly and seamlessly. Without leadership, all other business resources become obsolete. Because of this simple reason, it is absolutely vital that we understand the ever-evolving trends and changes that go within this practice.
When we think about leadership, we first and foremost have to comprehend the impact it can have on an individual and an organization. With efficient and effective leadership, nations were able to overcome times of peril. Startups were able to solidify themselves within their professional fields. And most importantly, organizations were able to foster and thrive each and every day. Any absence of leadership in itself can be equally dramatic in its effect. These negative ramifications can range from slow and stagnate movement to failure and bankruptcy.
So what represents leadership? If it is constantly changing, how can an individual perfect their craft for their organization or business?
While it is true that there are a variety of leadership styles, it all begins with how you approach your employees. To be frank, people are different. They learn differently. They operate differently. And most importantly, they respond differently to different managerial tactics. That being said, you as a business leader need to be able to hone in on their personal and professional strengths and weaknesses so that you can develop and optimize them later on in the future.
Now since leadership is more of an art than a science, we need to understand the different levels of leadership. Below, you will see three types of leadership tactics that you can utilize in your work place. Bare in mind, you want your leadership to reflect a personality that will benefit your management, your employees, and your goals.
An authoritative leadership style is when a leader dictates rules, policies, and procedures to their employees. This individual decides what goals are achieved and directs and controls all activities without any meaningful input or collaborative thought with his or her subordinates. While this style does have its benefits, it is seen more as an antiquated style of leading. Many companies have begun to derivate from this style corporate ‘dog-eat-dog’ mentality and have assumed one that cultivates a foundational culture for their company.
Democratic leadership is a style of leadership that welcomes participative and collaborative values amongst their team members and peers. While the responsibility of making the final decision rest within the participative leader, each employee is able to contribute their thoughts and ideas on any decision-making processes. Here, opinion matters. Usually this can be found within the beginning stages of a business like startups or newly opened businesses. While beneficial in many ways, this style of leadership is not necessary utilized for an entire company. Rather it is more beneficial in sub-sections such as managerial meetings or administrative decisions.
This style of leadership depends on high levels of communication from management and employees in order to meet specific and necessary long-term goals. Here, leaders use motivation and goal-like incentives to inspire and drive productivity. This style of leadership requires strong work culture, managerial involvement, and clear and precise communication and understanding.