What is leadership?

Leadership.

It is a simple and singular word, but any effort made to analyse it often ends in failure, as a result of analysts and authors not analysing the leadership style itself at all, but instead, the leader’s charisma, power and showmanship – all of which are useful qualities to have, but not ones that guarantee nor define the essence of what leadership is.

In defining leadership, the Harvard Business Review gives a satisfactory one, wherein it is referred to as “the accomplishment of a goal through the direction of human assistants”. It also adds that a “man who successfully marshals his human collaborators to achieve particular ends is a leader” noting that what makes someone a “great leader” is if they can continuously do this on a daily basis after years, no matter the circumstances.

Good leadership isn’t defined by power nor popularity, but the understanding of their fellow man in the workers that follow them, their relationships, and what drives their own individual goals to pursue the collective goal of the group they are all a part of.

What are the different styles of leadership?

Kurt Lewin is a German-American psychologist who created or branded the leadership styles in 1939, which were acquired as a result of a study conducted on school children, observing the behaviour on numerous arts and crafts teams, with the aim of determining the most effective leadership style.

The styles of leadership that were determined and developed over time are; Autocratic, Democratic, Laissez-faire, and Transformational, all of whom are unique from one another in their approach to dealing with workers and the leader themself.

Autocratic Leadership is characterized by a singular, dominant leader who leads the entire group. The leader is not known to collaborate nor receive feedback, but instead, will dictate every strategy and action to their subordinates, holding all power in their hands.

Democratic Leadership is participative in nature, focusing on involving subordinates rather than shutting them out, so that everyone has a chance at contributing to the decision-making process. While the leaders will have the final say, the engagement encourages an exchange of ideas and discourse, which could influence the decision or future ones to come, as well as sparking creativity and engagement from all parties. 

Laissez-faire is a hands-off style of leadership, placing a large amount of trust and empowerment into employees. It is a form of micromanagement, where many decisions are left to employees, with the leaders themselves providing feedback when and where they see fit.

Lastly, Transformational Leadership is a form of leadership that revolves around rallying employees together under a grand vision. The employees in this leadership style must be eager to transform the organization under this grand vision and evolve themselves so that the goal is achieved. This collective vision unites the organization and the employees and call for a leader that is transformative and willing to put time and effort into the grand goal of the organization.

Coaching and Leadership

Each leadership style has its pros and cons, and it can be difficult to navigate through the world and determine which leadership style suits you the best. Luckily, Noble Manhattan’s leadership coaching course is a useful way of transforming managers into the effective leaders they want to be.

The Leadership Coaching Course is a workshop for the future leaders of the world, implementing coaching curriculum and leadership concepts in hopes of these skills being applied in the workplace for those who aim to lead their teams and companies effectively in the future.

Sources

  1. https://www.uagc.edu/blog/4-leadership-styles-in-business
  2. https://online.maryville.edu/online-bachelors-degrees/organizational-leadership/careers/types-of-leadership-styles/
  3. https://hbr.org/2004/01/understanding-leadership

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