Different Leadership Styles

February 2, 2013 | By More

Knowing about the different leadership styles becomes really important once you interact with clients and your own employees. In this article we will discuss the 4 general leadership styles, as well as the importance of leading and influencing the people around you to trust and follow you.Different Leadership Styles Ever heard about the saying “don’t do unto others than you want others do to you”? I bet you did. Here is the paradox, most likely if you do not like something about another person, if it makes you feel uncomfortable, aggressive or frustrated, it is in fact a reflection of an issue what you have for yourself. Meaning whatever you do not like is something you do also and subconsciously deny or despise it. Part of being an entrepreneur is to get to know yourself as well as your clientele and employees. You naturally be expected to be the decision maker, the go to person for any problem occurring with a customer or person you work with.

Depending on what kind of a personality and believe about leadership you have might cause problems by itself. The article on different leadership styles is therefore particularly written for you to eliminate all the nonproductive and counter active parts of an effective leader.


  1. The Autocratic Leader

    This person is given authority by a rank or position, often seen in military structures, but unfortunately also seen in large corporate structures. While in military the autocratic leadership style makes sense to have an order executed under strong emotional stressful war situations, it is however very destructive in a normal work environment. If consistently executed it inflicts fear, discomfort, dislike and eventually will lead to lack of performance.


  2. The Laissez-Faire Leader

    Simply said he / she just does not care, likely is an underperformer by itself, is not interested in leading by example or introduces new ideas to increase productivity, just wants to get by, not be bothered and puts little effort into progressing the team. This leadership style leads to lack of discipline, respect and performance of the whole work environment. Often other team members with a higher degree of responsibility cover the short comings for a while.


  3. The Personal  / Charismatic Leader

    This leader has an outgoing personality and charisma in dealings with people, a natural communicator and presenter, often wants to be and is liked by employees, customers and superiors as well. Might at times over communicate and is foremost interested to maintain the being liked status rather than having to solve problems and make decisions. Can be an effective leader in the area of customer service and team orientated task.


  4. The Cooperative Leader

Under all the different leadership styles this one is the most executed in today’s environment. This style impersonates a leader which is leading by his personality and example, but at the same time has also the ability to create authority when necessary.Likeable and trust creating amongst employees, customers and superiors alike. He / she involves his / her team in the decision making process while keeping the goals of the company as the ultimate result in mind. A great delegator and motivator a go to person which expects his team to think and solve problems. Highly respected for his / her exemplary work ethic with an easy to follow personality.

Finalizing this chapter, what makes a great leader? And why is leadership so important? The goal of good leadership is to create trust in the ability to get the task completed and at the same time create inspiration amongst employees.  A good leader is therefore recognized to lead by example, the ability to influence other people, is passionate, inspirational and motivates, establishes faith into the role as a leader, takes responsibility for actions, cares for others and is incorruptible and trust worthy.  All this treads need to be considered looking at the different leadership styles. A star amongst leaders will also have the ability to stay calm even though the storm is at its strongest.

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