5. Pace-setting leadership style | The hustler
With the highest of expectations, this style of leadership wants tasks completed yesterday. “Do as I do and do it now", is their motto.
This approach is well-suited to highly competent and motivated teams, working to tight deadlines. Perhaps not the best-suited to everyday environments and less-pressured settings.
The drive to succeed and strong initiative of this leadership style is certainly admirable. However, tread with caution. Because of their own incredible passion and discipline, this type of leader could intimidate and unknowingly pressure employees.
6. Coaching leadership style | The mentor
With an eye on the long-term, the coaching style of leadership focuses on developing others.
With a strong sense of encouragement and focus on the individual, this leadership style works on the premise that each step is progress.
And that's how it works to bring out the best in people. Adjusting yet pushing the bar for consistent growth, while empowering their mentees to learn the skills that will drive the business forward.
Great coaches understand their team and accept that they, just like their people, are constantly learning.
What's your leadership style?
Each of us naturally leans towards one or two styles of leadership. The trick is not to view them as fixed. That’s because research shows that leaders who sit in-between leadership styles deliver the best results.
Flexing between leadership styles makes sense - when no two days in business are the same; you can’t expect to work the same and achieve different results.
Try to use different techniques and traits from the leadership styles you identify most with, making sure you adapt to the specific situation.
Ultimately, it comes back to knowing your team, their strengths, preferred communication methods and challenges- not forgetting nurturing your culture, values and vision. Learn how to lead them and you’ll see strong results.