• Leadership can be defined as the process of influencing others to work toward predetermined goals.
  • Style can be defined as the way a person usually behaves when he or she is able to do things his or her own way.

Put leadership and style together and you get the definition of leadership style: A person’s unique way of influencing others to work toward goals.

The most effective leaders adapt their leadership styles to meet the requirements of individual situations.

Individuals can demonstrate a variety of leadership styles. Some people may even combine leadership styles that appear contradictory. Conceivably, one person might be a results-driven “people person,” combining the Direct and Considerate styles, while another person might be a charismatic number-cruncher, combining the Spirited and Systematic styles. Yet most people have a dominant leadership style — one style they feel most comfortable using.

Descriptions of each of the four styles are summarized below:

  • Direct = High assertiveness, low expressiveness Leads by taking charge.
  • Spirited = High assertiveness, high expressiveness Leads by inspiring.
  • Considerate = Low assertiveness, high expressiveness Leads by building group harmony.
  • Systematic = Low assertiveness, low expressiveness Leads by planning carefully.

In the next post, we will explore the importance adapting your style has on individual and organizational performance.

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