What’s the right way to lead?
Put simply, there isn’t one. The key to effective leadership is knowing how to adapt your leadership style for every situation you’re in. This way, you’ll be able to best suit the needs of your employees, whilst ensuring the ideal end result.
Here’s a rundown of four of the most common leadership styles (and advice on when you should adopt them), courtesy of our free leadership & management course:
What is a leadership style?
A leadership style is a leader’s preferred method of direction.
It refers to the way in which they motivate their teams, relate to others, provide guidance, and implement plans.
Four styles of leadership
The Situational Leadership II® model maps out four common leadership styles.
The model enforces the idea that a leader can boost their success in every situation they’re in by adopting the correct leadership style, and therefore becoming an effective Situational Leader.
Here’s what each style involves, and how you can use them to lead effectively:
What does a Teller do? A Teller is focused on telling, guiding, and directing. Tellers are typically found providing instructions on how to complete a task, giving close supervision or guidance, and outlining processes and procedures.
When is the Teller style most effective? The Teller style is an ideal choice when a team member requires close supervision and guidance, making it best suited when managing people who don’t have much experience in the task they’re carrying out.
What does a Seller do? A Seller’s primary goal is to sell, coach, and explain, persuading their team to buy into a larger vision. They demonstrate Teller qualities in their ability to tell people what to do and how to do it, but place an extra emphasis on why it’s important and what the end goal is.
When is the Seller style most effective? Because this style is focused on motivating and persuading others, it’s most effective when managing unmotivated or unwilling team members. Whilst they may be reluctant, they do have the skills needed to carry out the task.
What does a Participator do? A Participator participates, collaborates, and facilitates. Unlike the previous two leadership styles, this style is follower driven instead of leader driven. Participators take a democratic approach to leadership, allowing their team to get involved and make decisions.
When is the Participator style most effective? The Participator leadership style is a great choice if you’re managing people who are competent in their roles, and have the skills required to make decisions in their area of expertise. They may however lack confidence in doing so on their own.
What does a Delegator do? A Delegator assigns tasks and duties to their team members, whilst maintaining responsibility for the results. After setting goals and outlining desired outcomes, a delegator will leave it to their team to get work done and complete set tasks with minimal supervision.
When is the Delegator style most effective? It’s a good idea to adopt the Delegator leadership style if you’re managing highly skilled and self-motivated individuals who are confident in their abilities. These team members will also be able to locate the required tools and resources to carry out a task alone.
Which leadership style is best?
Every leadership style has its own characteristics, benefits, and drawbacks.
There is no right or wrong leadership style, and a good leader will consistently adapt their style depending on the circumstance they’re in and the people they’re leading.
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