Leadership Styles: What Type of Style Should You Adopt?



“Being a good corporate leader is both art and science. On one hand, you need to experiment and often use your “gut feeling” to decide on how you should behave in one situation or another. On the other hand, without a solid leadership methodology, all your efforts may result in minimal impact.

So let’s take a closer look at the different types of leadership styles, formalized by social scientists, along with explanations on when each of them works best at the workplace.

What is Leadership Style?

A simple definition of leadership style is this one:

leadership style is a combination of a leader’s methodologies and character attributes that they use to motivate and guide others. 

A great leader can create meaningful change, and inspire the people who look to them for guidance. In the workplace, they can encourage teams to become more productive and do their best work.

What Are The Most Commonly Accepted Leadership Styles?

Leadership is a complex phenomenon. Over the last century, many researchers studied it from different angles, attempting to formalize the conceptual types of leadership styles.

In particular, Kurt Lewin has identified three types of leadership: autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire. Then, in their book ‘Primal Leadership’, Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee defined six types of emotional leadership. Lewin’s leadership styles and the emotional leadership types are worth discussing as a group because of the overlap between the theories. So let’s dive into this first!”