Leadership Styles Video

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Learn how to use a variety of different frameworks and styles to become a more effective leader.

The most effective leaders know that leadership is not a "one-size-fits-all" approach. They adapt their style to fit each unique situation.

When you understand the different leadership frameworks and approaches available, you're better able to guide your team through challenging situations.

For instance, psychologist Kurt Lewin identified three major leadership styles and, in his framework, gives a popular way to think about leadership. One of these is autocratic leadership. Leaders who use this style make decisions without talking to their team. What they say, goes. 

The autocratic leadership style can be demoralizing, but it's often effective in emergency or crisis situations.

Another one of Lewin's leadership styles is democratic leadership. Leaders who use this style still have the final say, but they include their team in the decision-making process. 

Democratic leadership is empowering, and encourages creativity. But it can be ineffective when you need to make a quick decision. 

The last of Lewin's styles is laissez-faire leadership. Laissez-faire leaders give their team a lot of freedom in how they do their work. This autonomy can lead to high job satisfaction, but it can backfire if team members don't know how to manage their time well.

Another effective leadership style that Lewin doesn't talk about is transformational leadership. Transformational leaders have integrity and high emotional intelligence. They're good communicators, and they motivate their team with a shared vision of the future. 

These leaders are authentic, empathetic, humble, and inspirational. However, their magic can quickly fade if they get carried away by giving short deadlines and expecting others to work long hours.

As you can imagine, there are many more approaches and frameworks you can use to lead your team. And there's no one style that works for all situations. When you understand the different approaches available, you can tailor your own leadership style to better fit the situation you're in. 

To learn more about leadership styles, see the article that accompanies this video.

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Comments (18)
  • Over a month ago BillT wrote
    Hi hchintu,

    Thank you for that feedback.

    I agree with your observation.

    Not only is the application of the appropriate style necessary in different situations, but the ability to blend styles as well.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Over a month ago hchintu wrote
    The insights on leadership styles are spot on and I personally believe that mastery all styles and applying them appropriate to given situation at the right time and right place is key to the success of a leader.
  • Over a month ago Michele wrote
    Hi Alkamaly1960,

    Welcome to the club! Transformational leaders genuinely care about employees. When assigning tasks, these leaders make sure that employees have the resources they need to complete them and set timelines that are achievable. In doing this, employees are not expected to work long hours: there is a respect for employees' well-being and need for balance. Any leader who consistently sets short deadlines and expects employees to work long hours every day demonstrates a lack of empathy for employees; it is a recipe for burnout. Employees will eventually disengage, become ill or leave the organization.

    Mind Tools Team
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