The 6 Distinct Leadership Styles: Which One Are You?

Leaders come in all shapes and sizes. They lead small or large teams and they lead activities in every walk of life. Naturally, there is no straightforward formula that makes a great leader, but in the business world there are a few distinct leadership styles that seem to be prominent.

The infographic below identifies these six leadership styles based on data taken from close to 4,000 executives:

1. Authoritative – Mobilises people towards a vision
2. Affiliative – Creates emotional bonds and harmony
3. Democratic – Builds consensus through participation
4. Coaching – Develops people for the future
5. Pacesetting – Expects excellence and self-direction
6. Coercive – Demands immediate compliance

The first 4 styles are are deemed highly effective, the last 2 not so much… You may recognise your own leadership style amongst those listed above, or you may find that you use a mixture. In fact, the best leaders often rotate their leadership style to get the best out of their team.

Take a look at the full infographic below for more information about these six leadership styles and what they promote.

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