[Featured] Discover your leadership style

Daniel Goleman’s research, which studied 3.871 executives, has identified six leadership styles stemming from distinct aspects of Emotional Intelligence. Evaluate your leadership style by using the free assessment you can find on our website

[Jorge Valdenegro, Lorenzo Conti] · 822 words · 4 min read · Sep 11, 2023
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In the ever-evolving landscape of leadership, one thing remains constant: the importance of self-awareness.

Knowing your leadership style is like having a compass on your journey to becoming an effective leader.

Are you ready to embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation?

Let’s delve into these styles and how you can uncover yours with the free Leadership Styles Assessment at Leadership Boot!

To illustrate the nuances of each leadership style, let’s explore how different leaders might approach the same scenario: leading a team to meet a tight project deadline.

  1. Coercive/Commanding
    This style thrives on authority and control to achieve immediate compliance. It’s effective in crisis situations but may not foster long-term growth.
    Example: Facing a tight project deadline, a coercive leader steps in and assigns tasks to each team member with specific instructions and strict deadlines. They monitor progress closely and demand immediate results, ensuring the project stays on track. This approach might ensure the deadline is met, but it could also lead to stress and burnout among team members if used repeatedly.

  2. Authoritative/Visionary
    Providing clear direction and guidance while inspiring confidence and motivation in others, this style helps teams rally around a common vision.
    Example: Confronted with the same tight deadline, an authoritative leader gathers the team and shares a compelling vision of the project’s importance and the positive impact of meeting the deadline. They provide clear goals and outline the steps needed to achieve them, inspiring the team to work collaboratively and with enthusiasm. This approach can boost morale and drive collective effort toward the goal.

  3. Affiliative Prioritizing relationships and fostering a sense of belonging within the team, the affiliative leader promotes harmony and teamwork.
    Example: With the deadline approaching, an affiliative leader focuses on the well-being and collaboration of the team. They check in with each member, offering support and encouragement, and create a positive environment where everyone feels valued. This leader might organize team-building activities to strengthen bonds, ensuring that the team feels united and motivated to meet the deadline together.

  4. Democratic Encouraging active participation and input from team members in decision-making processes, this style values collaboration and diversity of thought.
    Example: In response to the looming deadline, a democratic leader calls a team meeting to discuss the project and gather input on the best way to meet the deadline. They encourage open dialogue, valuing each member’s suggestions and ideas. By involving the team in the decision-making process, the leader fosters a sense of ownership and collective responsibility, leading to a well-thought-out and collaborative approach to meeting the deadline.

  5. Pacesetting Exemplifying high standards of performance and expecting others to follow suit, the pacesetting leader often leads by example.
    Example: When faced with the tight deadline, a pacesetting leader dives into the project, working at a high pace and demonstrating exceptional performance. They set high expectations for the team and expect everyone to keep up with their example. This can drive the team to achieve high performance and meet the deadline, but it might also lead to stress and fatigue if the pace is unsustainable.

  6. Coaching Focused on developing individuals’ skills and capabilities through personalized guidance and feedback, the coaching style empowers individuals to reach their full potential.
    Example: As the deadline approaches, a coaching leader takes the time to understand each team member’s strengths and areas for development. They provide personalized guidance and feedback, helping individuals improve their skills and efficiency. This leader might pair experienced team members with those who need support, fostering a learning environment that not only meets the deadline but also enhances the team’s long-term capabilities.

Now, the question is:

Which Leadership Style Resonates with You the Most?

Imagine standing at the gateway to your greatest potential, where each leadership style holds the key to a different facet of your brilliance.

Which style calls to your inner leader?
Is it the commanding presence that can steer a team through turbulent waters with unwavering resolve?
Or perhaps the visionary spirit that ignites passion and unites people under a shared, inspiring dream?
Maybe it’s the nurturing heart that builds deep connections, fostering an environment where everyone thrives together.

Unlocking your leadership potential starts with self-awareness, and that’s where our free Leadership Styles Assessment comes in. It’s designed to help you gain insight into your leadership strengths and areas for growth.

By understanding your style, you can make intentional choices that lead to improved leadership effectiveness.

Here’s Your Call to Action:

  1. Open the free Leadership Styles Assessment on our website at [Leadership Boot] .
  2. Complete the assessment with thoughtful consideration.
  3. Receive personalized results about your leadership style.
  4. Join the Leadership Boot community on [LinkedIn] and connect with like-minded individuals on a similar journey.

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