Which Leadership Type Are You?

Atlanta, GA – If you are an entrepreneur or business owner it is very important for you to know what kind of leader you are. Every day we as leaders of our industry work with our employers and employees and how you lead them dictates the results they will produce under our leadership. As a leader, you must be agile and flexible to everyone you come in contact with. Here are the 7 leadership types. Discover which one you are and make sure you are always growing your skillset as a leader.

1. Autocratic

The phrase most illustrative of an autocratic leadership style is “Do as I say.” Generally, an autocratic leader believes that he or she is the smartest person at the table and knows more than others. They make all the decisions with little input from team members.

This command-and-control approach is typical of leadership styles of the past, but it doesn’t hold much water with today’s talent. (SOURCE)

2. Authoritative

The phrase most indicative of this style of leadership (also known as “visionary”) is “Follow me.” The authoritative leadership style is the mark of confident leaders who map the way and set expectations, while engaging and energizing followers along the way.

In a climate of uncertainty, these leaders lift the fog for people. They help them see where the company is going and what’s going to happen when they get there.

Unlike autocratic leaders, authoritative leaders take the time to explain their thinking: They don’t just issue orders. Most of all, they allow people choice and latitude on how to achieve common goals. (SOURCE)

3. Pacesetting 

“Keep up!” is the phrase most indicative of leaders who utilize the pacesetting style. This style describes a very driven leader who sets the pace as in racing. Pacesetters set the bar high and push their team members to run hard and fast to the finish line.

While the pacesetter style of leadership is effective in getting things done and driving for results, it’s an approach that can turn off team members. Even the most driven employees may become stressed working under this kind of pressure in the long run, suggesting that a more agile approach may be the ultimate leadership style required for leading today’s talent.

Should you avoid the pacesetting style altogether? Not so fast. If you’re an energetic entrepreneur working with a like-minded team on developing and announcing a new product or service, this style may serve you well. However, this is not a style that can be kept up for the long term. A pacesetting leader needs to let the air out of the tires once in a while to avoid causing team burnout. (SOURCE)

4. Democratic

Democratic leaders are more likely to ask “How do you see it?” And, wherever possible, they share information with employees that affects their work responsibilities. They also seek employees’ opinions before making a final decision.

There are numerous benefits to this participative leadership style. It can engender trust and promote team spirit and cooperation from employees. It allows for creativity and helps employees grow and develop. A democratic leadership style gets people to do what you want to be done but in a way that they want to do it. (SOURCE)

5. Coaching

When you have a coaching leadership style, you tend to have a “Consider this” approach. A leader who coaches views people as a reservoir of talent to be developed. The leader who uses a coach approach seeks to unlock people’s potential.

Leaders who use a coaching style open their hearts to and doors for people. They believe that everyone has power within themselves. A coaching leader gives people a little direction to help them tap into their ability to achieve their full potential. (SOURCE)

6. Affiliative

A phrase often used to describe this type of leadership is “People come first.” Of all the leadership styles, the affiliative leadership approach is the most up close and personal. A leader practicing this style pays attention to and supports the emotional needs of team members. The leader strives to open up a pipeline that connects him or her to the team.

Ultimately, this style is all about encouraging harmony and forming collaborative relationships within teams. It’s particularly useful, for example, in smoothing conflicts among team members or reassuring people during times of stress. (SOURCE)

7. Laissez-Faire

The laissez-faire leadership style is at the opposite end of the spectrum from autocratic. Of all the approaches, this one involves the least amount of oversight. You could say that the autocratic style leader stands as firm as a rock on issues, while the laissez-faire leader lets people swim with the current.

On the surface, a laissez-faire leader may appear to trust people to know what to do. When taken to the extreme, however, such a hands-off leader may end up appearing aloof. So, although it’s beneficial to give people room to run, managers must find a balance to make sure they remain moored the critical goals of the organization.

This style can work if you’re leading highly skilled, experienced employees who are self-starters and motivated. To be most effective with this style, monitor team performance and provide regular feedback. (SOURCE)

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