4 Different Leadership Styles

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4 Different Leadership Styles4 Different Leadership Styles

Several years ago I came across four definitions of leadership styles while helping my congregation develop a small group ministry.

These definitions can give insight for anyone trying to grow skills as a leader.

The big question is “What kind of leader am I?”

Here are four types of different leadership styles.  Which one are you?

The Autocratic Leader

  • Maintains total control and treats team members as “listeners” and “followers.”
  • Determines all the goals and policies.
  • Is more interested in subject matter and content than in people.
  • Makes all the decisions and disregards the opinions and views of others.
  • Talks too much.
  • Focuses attention on self.
  • Tends to regard members of the team as puppets.

Laissez-Faire Leader

  • Exercises minimal control of the team and allows members to direct.
  • Does not prepare for meetings.
  • Allows all discussions to drift.
  • Does not seem to care too much about what is going on.
  • Causes the group to have no focus and accomplishes very little.
  • Encourages fragmentation through lack of discipline.
  • Does not attempt to design or regulate events.
  • Lacks courage in making plans.

Authoritative Leader

  • Maintains firm control but will allow members to be involved in discussions.
  • Has a purpose and a plan but will allow modification.
  • Is active and energetic.
  • Seeks the involvement of others.
  • Is prepared to give necessary direction and support.
  • Is a good communicator.
  • Will take on responsibility until someone else assumes it.
  • Use personal power to empower others.
  • Prepares well, asks questions, then asks for members of the team to respond.

Democratic Leader

  • Shares control with team members.
  • Shares leadership responsibility.
  • Believes in the ability and skills of others.
  • Creates a sense of security and belonging.
  • Ensures that others are offered leadership opportunities.
  • Makes sure that if he is not part of the team that the group will be successful without his presence.
  • Creates a healthy and strong communication skill between team members.
  • Recognizes the value of every individual on the team.
  • Always involves others in leadership and skill development.

Which of these leadership styles fits your personality?

Which of these four leadership styles would you hope to become as a leader?

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