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What are Leadership Styles?

Often when Training Organizations are posed with a requirement for “Corporate Leadership training”, one of the expectations is to conduct a session on various “Leadership Styles”. And rightly so, as it is absolutely essential to understand various Leadership theories and styles. It enables individuals to handle their roles more effectively while collaborating with various teams or managing teams directly. Also, knowing one’s Leadership Style acts as a critical element which can affect those who work under the direct influence of a given leader.

Given this digital age, knowledge is always available on one’s finger tips. One merely has to name it and lo! There is extensive content that is available and countless articles written about the likes of Kurt Lewin, Warren Bennis and many such scholars who have been instrumental in creation of this concept.

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So the question remains, despite so much being written and accessible to individuals and organizations, why does “Knowledge about Leadership Styles” continue to top the needs for Leadership training.
In our experience as Facilitators in the Training & Coaching Industry over the years, we could decipher that the major reason for this need lies in “The Gap between Knowing VS Doing.”
So the question remains, despite so much being written and accessible to individuals and organizations, why does “Knowledge about Leadership Styles” continue to top the needs for Leadership training.
While acquiring knowledge and achieving the Intellectual satiety is one thing, putting the knowledge into action and achieving desirable goals through the right actions is another and that’s what makes the process of learning truly valuable.
In our Corporate Leadership training programs, we have a 4 Fold approach to acquainting our learners with the various Leadership Styles, namely:
  1. The Purpose: Why is it Important?
  2. The Impact: How can it affect Businesses or Individuals?
  3. The Identity: Which style does the leader (learner) identify with?
  4. The Opportunity: In what situations can one adopt different styles?
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The following are some of the dynamic “Leadership Style” concepts that a Leader (learner) can deep dive into and can be incorporated during a ‘Learning Journey’. It also highlights the ‘pros & cons’ of the concept, so every Leader (learner) can make informed choices while adopting new techniques and perspectives.
Style Characteristics Pros Cons

  1. Confident
  2. Leads through Inspiration
  3. Persistent
  4. Has Ability to drive Progress & Change
Beneficial to organizations undergoing a transformational change or restructuring
Being future oriented, can sacrifice present day issues which can make teams feel unheard.

  1. Offers guidance
  2. Promotes free thinking
  3. Empowers
  4. Fosters positive culture
Viewed as Valuable mentors
Time consuming as it may require one-on-one attention and may not work in fast paced environments.

  1. ‘People first’ Mindset
  2. Great communication
  3. Encourages collaboration & Engagement
  4. Committed to team growth
Especially prevalent in Nonprofits, helps build Employee Morale.
Can experience Burnout, by constantly putting the needs of others than their own.

  1. Effectively delegates
  2. Effectively delegates
  3. Fosters leadership qualities in a team
  4. Provides sufficient resources
Encourages accountability & creativity in a relaxed work environment
This style may not work well with new employees who need guidance and support to start with.
Pace setter

  1. Sets the bar very high
  2. Goal oriented
  3. Highly competent
  4. Highly competent
Promotes high energy and creates dynamic work environment .
Can stress out employees and may not work best in environments where employees need mentoring or feedback.
In the process of Identifying or Refining one’s Leadership Style, it is also important to choose one that feels Authentic and aligns with one’s Strengths & Values.

Based on our experience in conducting such topics during Corporate Training Programs, we believe that our approach towards this concept, coupled with the right Assessment tools and Post Program Support, is a guaranteed formula for becoming a well Aware and a Successful Leader!!!

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