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Whether you are in a managerial position or not there will come a time when an opportunity to step up and lead presents itself. Whether you are asked to lead a team for a specific project or get promoted to manage a department, the style in which one leads is important. Every individual adopts their own unique style of leadership, however, it is vital to develop the skills necessary to be capable of using whichever method is necessary to reach the goals that have been set.

 

One great step in becoming an effective, successful leader is to be familiar with the different types of leadership styles. Leaders have to understand the particular situation and people so that they can choose the behavior that is most appropriate to lead with, which will help their team towards the desired outcome.

 

Here’s a brief breakdown of the different leadership styles.

 

Coaching Style

 

The coaching style is all about a leader’s ability to recognize people’s strengths and weaknesses and do so quickly. A coaching leader will make their expectations clear while creating a positive and open environment for their team. Coaches understand what motivates the people under them and because they know who has what strengths and weaknesses they are able to assign projects effectively and make goals that are achievable for everyone. The only downside to this style of leadership is that it can be a bit more time-consuming than other types.

 

Visionary Style

 

The visionary leadership style is often found in situations where a business or company is expanding quickly or an organization is experiencing an important transformation. Visionaries are important because they are able to create and inspire change, which usually equates to progress. This leadership style motivates their team by gaining their trust, being confident, and implementing new ideas in a way that inspires people.

 

Democratic Style

 

This type of leadership style doesn’t make decisions without first considering everyone’s opinions and thoughts. By taking feedback seriously democratic leaders often have higher workplace satisfaction and employee engagement due to the fact that their teams feel heard. Democratic leaders will always allow room for discussion and often times their organizations benefit greatly from the creativity that ensues.

 

Pacesetting Style

 

A pacesetting leader is most effective when a company needs fast results. These leaders hold everyone accountable and keep a high standard. While sometimes the fast-moving environment created by pacesetters is motivating, there are some people who perform better with other leadership styles that offer more feedback and guidance.