In addition to the Command and Control style, there are a number of leadership styles that Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee unearthed in the book, Primal Leadership, Realizing the Power of Emotional Intelligence.
And therein lies the rub, as they say…first because we all have a pre-dominant leadership style which also becomes our default style when we are stressed or excited or both; and second because we don’t always know when to use what style.
This is my interpretation of Mr Goleman and company’s view of a variety of leadership styles; the characteristics of each; and when it’s appropriate as a tool to maintain what he refers to as a positive emotional climate.
||When changes require a new vision or clarity of purpose is needed.
A highly effective style
||At times when followers want and need to improve individual and team performance
Another highly effective style.
||When rifts occur in teams and during stressful times to strengthen relationships
An effective style when used in combination with others that ensure that tasks are accomplished
||Works well in combination with visionary style.
Has a positive impact but can delay decision-making
or lead to poor use of time
||Works well when all people involved are highly motivated and skilled needing little direction.
Is often used inappropriately and can leave followers feeling poorly prepared or too driven.
So, you decide. Are there other styles as well as the good ol’ command and control and the ones just described? Is it possible to develop skill in all of them? Does it help just to be aware of them and of our own pre-dominant style? Is there something missing? What do you think?