Unlike other traits, leadership plays a major factor in operating the work of the day-to-day smoothly and seamlessly. Without leadership, all other aspects within the day become obsolete. Because of this simple reason, it is absolutely vital that we understand the ever-evolving trends and changes that go within this practice. In the grand scheme of things, leadership is not a one-size fit all entity. In fact, there are variations of styles and approaches to this skill that, in itself, depend on the internal and external factors within the workplace. In this blog, I will begin analyzing the three common approaches to leadership and how you can best implement each one of them into your office.
Now before I start, let’s understand the concept and entity of leadership. When we think about leadership, we first and foremost have to comprehend the impact it can have on an organization as a whole. With strong, efficient, effective, and consistent leadership, organizations and companies are able to overcome times of peril and solidify a sense of success within their professional fields. That type of management and well-oiled culture is what allows organizations to foster and thrive even when times are tough. The only time it becomes a problem is when there is an absence of leadership. In most case scenarios, this can lead to a negative ramifications and effects which can range from a slow and stagnate movement within a business to a total loss of revenue and company culture at a company. Whatever is the case, it is imperative that we understand how important leadership is at every level of the day.
Much of these reasons can be attributed to the arduous decisions business leaders make on the day-to-day basis. For many people, they are unable to conceptualize the risk of putting thousands, maybe millions, of dollars all solely on a deal. For business leaders, these are not just asked, but decided upon. While no decision will ever be easy, the various tradeoffs within these decisions are what make great companies successful. These individuals understand the ramifications, but look surpass them for the overarching goal of their company’s goals and the overall livelihood of the hundreds or thousands of people working at their business.
So what represents leadership? How can you be a defining figure and game changer for your company and your company’s goals?
When it comes to leadership, it is important to understand the variations and approaches to the workplace. Keep in mind, your approach all begins with your employees. To be frank, people are different. They learn differently. They have different personalities. And they operate differently. Because of this, you as a business leader need to adapt various approaches and managerial tactics in order to get the best out of each of your workers. This requires you to holistically understand their personal and professional goals as well as their strengths and weaknesses within their positions.
Now because leadership differs on every level, I have outlined three style of leadership that you can utilize and leverage within the office. At the end of the day, leadership is more of an art than anything else. It needs to be reflective of who you are and what you believe in. But most importantly, it needs to look at the goals and benefits of your employees so that you can optimize every minute within the day.
Leadership 1: Authoritative Leadership
An authoritative leadership style is when a leader dictates and manages every policy and procedure at the workplace. In many cases, this leader is usually driven by the intrinsic goals he or she has for the company. While this style does have strong benefits, it also risks the sense of company culture and manager-employee relationship. Be aware of which individuals and which fields you can utilize this leadership. The overall corporate style of the ‘dog-eat-dog’ mentality can have some strong backlash if you are not careful and cognizant of your workers’ feelings.
Leadership 2: Democratic Leadership
Democratic leadership is a style of leadership that welcomes participative and collaborative values amongst their team members and peers. Similar to our society, this leadership requires a collective decision making though process that can provide different perspective in cultivating and strategizing a concept for success. But like authoritative leadership, this style does have some negatives. For any directors, supervisors, or managers, they know all to well that there will be a day where they will have to play the bad guy. Leverage their strengths, but do not forget your title.
Leadership 3: Transformational Leadership
This style of leadership depends on high levels of communication from management and employees in order to meet specific and necessary long-term goals. For many startup companies, this style of leadership and management maybe best in sparking ideas and driving productivity. Similar to democratic leadership, this does take a strong sense of collaboration. The work culture and managerial involvement needs to be clear and precise if you want to grow and develop your business.