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Certain aspects are common to every leader, regardless of whether they play a role in the corporate world, the spiritual realm, an academic endeavor, or an organization. As designated heads of departments or divisions, leaders influence or guide others with words, actions, and behaviors.

 

There exists today a variety of leadership styles. Although they all have minor drawbacks, each one is beneficial in many ways when employed appropriately. Here are descriptions of effective leadership styles:

 

  1. Leadership as a Coach

 

This style of leadership benefits both employers and employees alike. However, since it is more time-consuming than other methods, many employers avoid coaching. Ironically, it is partly because this method does require time that it is so effective. For, such leadership is very involved with the workers, setting smart goals and providing feedback. Also, leaders using coaching promotes intellectual growth with a motivating and positive environment and challenging projects.

 

  1. Transformational Leadership

 

Transformational leaders strive to improve through change. In the concerns or groups they lead, they foster creativity to be inspired and develop innovative ideas to bring about its gains. Working under such leadership allows employees autonomy and room for innovation and encouragement, ingredients for progress and personal satisfaction.

 

  1. Visionary Leadership

Visionary leaders have grand ideas. However, these inspirational and strategic leaders often need others to make their ideas work. For those who can transform ideas into reality, this type of leader is beneficial because he/she empowers those who work out the practicalities.

 

  1. Participative or Democratic Leadership

Leaders who are democratic participate as equals with those who serve them. Because they do not issue orders and assume a more collaborative approach to working out ideas and making things happen, they often foster cooperation and generate creativity in others.

 

  1. Bureaucratic Leadership

Bureaucratic leaders are those who follow all the directives and “go by the rules.” They are leaders who follow clearly defined systems and adhere to specific responsibilities. These leaders provide stability to an organization, although they do not foster creativity.

 

  1. Laissez-Faire Leadership

In direct contradiction to the bureaucratic leader, the laissez-faire leader empowers the self-motivated and creative by allowing them to make decisions, create solutions and complete their work without much supervision.