What kind of leader are you?
In today’s highly competitive business environment, building high performance happy teams is essential for success. Leaders play a critical role in achieving this goal. Here, we compare the top 5 forms of leadership required to build high performance happy teams:
- Transformational Leadership vs. Transactional Leadership:
Transformational leadership is focused on inspiring and motivating team members to achieve their potential. Transformational leaders aim to create a positive and supportive work environment that encourages personal growth, creativity, and innovation. On the other hand, transactional leadership is based on a reward-punishment system that motivates employees to achieve specific goals. This form of leadership involves clearly defined goals, rewards, and consequences for performance.
While transactional leadership may be effective in achieving short-term goals, it often fails to create a positive work environment that supports employee well-being and long-term growth. Transformational leadership, on the other hand, can inspire employees to go above and beyond their job responsibilities and feel more fulfilled at work.
- Servant Leadership vs. Authoritarian Leadership:
Servant leadership is based on the idea that leaders should serve their team members, rather than the other way around. Servant leaders are focused on meeting the needs of their team, creating a supportive work environment, and fostering a sense of community and collaboration. Authoritarian leadership, on the other hand, is characterized by a top-down approach in which the leader has complete control over decision-making and team direction.
While authoritarian leadership can be effective in certain situations, it can also lead to resentment and disengagement among team members. Servant leadership, on the other hand, can create a sense of ownership and investment among team members, leading to higher levels of engagement and performance.
- Emotional Intelligence Leadership vs. Logical Intelligence Leadership:
Emotional intelligence leadership is based on the idea that leaders should be able to recognize and manage their emotions, as well as the emotions of their team members. Leaders who possess emotional intelligence are better able to connect with their team members and create a positive work environment. Logical intelligence leadership, on the other hand, focuses on critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
While logical intelligence is essential for effective decision-making, emotional intelligence can create a more supportive and engaged work environment. Leaders who possess emotional intelligence are better able to build trust and rapport with their team members, leading to improved communication, collaboration, and performance.
- Authentic Leadership vs. Inauthentic Leadership:
Authentic leadership is based on the idea that leaders should be true to themselves and their values. Authentic leaders are honest, transparent, and ethical in their interactions with team members. Inauthentic leadership, on the other hand, involves a lack of authenticity, such as saying one thing and doing another.
While inauthentic leadership may achieve short-term gains, it can erode trust and respect among team members over time. Authentic leadership, on the other hand, can create a strong sense of trust and connection, leading to increased engagement, loyalty, and performance.
- Collaborative Leadership vs. Directive Leadership:
Collaborative leadership is based on the idea that leaders should work with their team members to achieve shared goals. Collaborative leaders encourage open communication, feedback, and input from team members. Directive leadership, on the other hand, involves a top-down approach in which the leader directs team members to achieve specific goals.
While directive leadership can be effective in certain situations, it can also limit team member input and engagement. Collaborative leadership, on the other hand, can lead to increased creativity, innovation, and ownership among team members, resulting in improved performance.
Situational leadership is a style of leadership that is adaptable and flexible. The situational leader assesses the needs of their team members and adjusts their leadership style accordingly. This approach recognizes that each team member is unique and requires different types of support and guidance. The situational leader also provides regular feedback and support, which helps team members to develop their skills and confidence.
There are various forms of leadership that can be effective in building high performance happy teams. Each workplace demands or in some cases requires one of them. While each form of leadership has its advantages and disadvantages, the most successful leaders are those who can adapt their leadership style to the needs of their team and provide the support and guidance that is required for success.
How does this relate to dib®
The biggest hindrance of the choice leaders make in style, occurs when leadership is measured by success criteria based solely on financial gain. Leadership is about people! Great people will drive great outcomes if they are set up for success from the get go. When companies hire to a leadership style, they impact the culture of their existing community, sometimes by design, and other times without knowing it.
Mind your “culture” by being a great leader, because it is the single most important intangible you can offer!
– William Lucas
– William Lucas – this is dib®