Leadership style is the method and approach of providing direction implementing strategy and motivating people. Leadership is not to be taken lightly.
Everyone needs to find the leadership style that works best for them and their subordinates. What works for your superiors may not work for you and your team. However, if you take some time and analyze different leadership styles and how they work for different personality types, you place a much better probability of success as a leader.
Here are several explanations and examples of three types of leadership styles. The first one I would like to explain is Charismatic Leadership. A charismatic leadership style can look alike to transformational leadership, because these leaders motivate a lot of passion in their teams and are very active in motivating others forward.
Nevertheless, charismatic leaders can be likely to believe more in themselves than in their teams, and this creates a risk that a project, or even a whole organization, may fall down if the leader leaves. In the eyes of the followers, success is straightforwardly related to the existence of the charismatic leader. As such, charismatic leadership carry huge responsibility; also it desires a long-term commitment from the leader.
In this style of leadership also, the leader uses attraction to get the admiration of their followers. They show anxiety for their people and they seem to be after their people’s needs. They make a comfortable and friendly feel for their followers by listening to them and making them feel that they have a voice and right in the decision making. Well-known examples of charismatic leaders are Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa and Adolph Hitler.
The next type of leadership I feel like to describe is Transactional Leadership. This style of leadership starts with the idea that team members agree to follow their leader absolutely when they agree to a job. The “transaction” is typically the organization paying the team members in return for their attempt and compliance.
In this style of leadership, a clear chain of command is established. The leader motivates his subordinates by presenting those rewards and punishments. Every requirement for a subordinate are visibly declared with matching rewards. If they be unsuccessful to satisfy those requirements, they will get a corresponding punishment. The leader also could take corrective act if the necessary standards are not fulfilled. Duos of famous examples of transactional leaders are Joseph McCarthy and Charles de Gaulle.
Lastly, the last leadership style I would like to explain is Transformational Leadership. Transformational leadership enhances the motivation, spirits and performance of followers throughout a diversity of mechanisms. These contain involving the follower’s sense of identity and self to the mission and the collective identity of the organization; being a model for followers that inspires them; challenging followers to take better possession for their work, and considerate the strengths and weaknesses of followers, so the leader be able to line up followers with tasks that optimize their performance.
Transformational leaders lead by inspiring by their followers. Leaders petition to their followers’ ideals and morals to inspire them in accomplishing their tasks. Mainly, these kinds of leaders allow their followers by their own idea and personal strengths. In short, they inspire their followers. The famous transformational leaders are consisting of Walt Disney and Martin Luther King Jr.
For the conclusion, I just can say that no wrong or right style of leadership to be used in the organization. The main facts are how you use one style of leadership to achieve your goals as a leader.
Nurul’ain Binti Kassim