June 24, 2013
Different types of leadership styles exist in work environments. There are advantages and disadvantages within each leadership style. The culture and goals of an organization determine which leadership style fits the firm best. Some companies offer several leadership styles within the organization. Organizations need strong leadership and strong management for optimal effectiveness. According to Robbins, we need leaders today to challenge the status quo, create visions of the future, and inspire organizational members to want to achieve the visions (Robbins, pp. 368). According to the Houston Chronicle, there are essentially five different types of leadership styles, 1. Laissez-Faire leader produces no leadership or supervision efforts from managers, which can lead to poor production, lack of control and increasing costs. 2. Autocratic leader benefits those employees who require close supervision. Creative employees who thrive in group functions detest this leadership style. 3. Transactional leader possesses power to review results and train or correct employees when team members fail to meet goals. Employees receive rewards, such as bonuses, when they accomplish goals. 4. Participative leader meets challenges when companies need to make a decision in a short period. 5. Transformational leader requires the involvement of management to meet goals. Leaders focus on the big picture within an organization and delegate smaller tasks to the team to accomplish goals.
Manager vs. Leader
The role of a manager and a leader are two different roles. In the corporate world, they are vastly different jobs that require different skill sets. According to Mal, there are similarities, and it is hard to be considered a good manager without leadership capabilities. But a manager doesn't mean having the inherent ability to lead, and leaders don't necessarily make the best managers. The...
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