Nov 24, 2008

Leadership styles

Different leaders approach getting their teams to a solution differently. Here are some patterns I've observed and their effectiveness...

1) "Let me show you the way"- Leader's focus is to get a task done
- "I know, follow me" style

2) "We don't know, lets figure it out"
- Leader's focus is to let the team find a solution. Leader shepherds the team and is a coach, a facilitator in this case

3) "Let me help the team figure it out themselves"

- Leader's focus is to grow the team
- Leader knows a solution but doesn't give it away to the team. He/she uses techniques like questioning to help focus the team directionally
- In this process, the team solution could be different from what the leader imagined but he/she is fine with it (a different answer/outcome isn't bad if it is directionally correct)

2 comments:

  1. This is an interesting way to describe directing, supporting and coaching styles of leadership. However, I believe one style doesn't work in all situations. Effective style is one that is aligned to the development level of the follower.

    I have posted an entry on situational leadership that explains this further.

    http://itzcommonsense.blogspot.com/2008/11/situational-leadership.html

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  2. Good points Rajesh... The styles of directing, supporting and coaching are well known and well understood. The interesting question is -

    At what frequency are these styles practiced and why?

    I'll post some thoughts on it soon...

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