Types of leadership that best suit you, your team, and your business
There are many types of leaders who are ahead of companies – regardless of hierarchical level and business segment.
A good leader is, without a doubt, someone who knows how to keep his followers engaged. Wearing the company shirt is critical to getting the best results – and you would certainly agree with that.
But how to understand which type of leadership, within organizations, meets this?
Or, better: how to know which style suits both the person who will manage a sector and the company’s business?
These are questions that, to tell you the truth, are complex to be answered.
First, because it will depend a lot on the leader’s profile. Their values, concepts and life and professional experiences are important.
Then you need to understand which types of leadership make good business sense. And it is necessary to understand who the collaborators are.
In this text, we will talk about some leadership styles and which ones make sense for both people and companies.
We’ll put in some features, applications and the rest is up to you. You will understand and, if you feel it is necessary, apply what makes the most sense. Right?
Types of Leadership: Being Restless Is Very Important
It doesn’t matter which type of leadership you adopt. To be a true influencer, someone to follow, you have to be a restless person.
It is always necessary to seek more and more knowledge, ways to inspire people. Ways to get the best out of each one that’s under your belt.
Therefore, it is essential to always:
- Have a lot of self-knowledge – understand what are your main virtues to offer people and what defections need to be corrected;
- Improve technical knowledge – the leader is responsible for the best practices in relation to the sector, the work performed;
- Communicating what is done – a good leader does not lack communication. When there is a decision making and this has consequences, the followers need to know exactly what is going on;
- Encourage leadership – if there is a position hierarchy among employees of the same “level”, it is necessary to encourage leadership and create positive influencers. This will ensure that the companies mission, vision and values are assured.
Building leaders is a gradual process.
You don’t build real leaders overnight. Some people can even rise to management positions without being prepared – and this is a recurrent mistake in companies.
Some have the ability to adapt to the needs of the job and mold themselves in such a way that they become good leaders with a success mindset.
But, many don’t.
And people end up realizing this and are “needy” for someone who can be efficient in conducting the processes.
When we think of a sales leader, for example.
It’s no use for a CEO to take his best salesman and put him in charge of a sales team all of a sudden.
The company will be losing its best salesperson and will not gain a sales manager.
Therefore, it is necessary to encourage behaviours and actions that awaken leadership in people.
Coaching is a great way for employees to discover characteristics, capabilities that they didn’t clearly perceive.
Another way meets agile methods. A manager who is hierarchically above may choose to identify a person he believes can lead a team.
Gradually, he begins to delegate small tasks and decisions to her in order to awaken greater responsibilities and identify types of leadership present in this employee.
This is a practical and effective way and can be applied gradually. Doing so will awaken a much greater sense of belonging in people.
And the next leader, at whatever level, will be being formed – and within the ideal scenario. Where there is calm and steps for him to reach that necessary maturity.
The types of leadership within companies
It must be clear before we talk about leadership styles that this leader does not necessarily need to be someone officially above the hierarchy.
We can talk about people from the same sector who, due to certain characteristics or posture, have more influence over others.
And this is essential to be noticed by the manager – in fact – of the area. These “unofficial” leaderships are important.
Employees, therefore, have the power to be influencers in relation to any needs that the company has.
It can be implementing processes, reducing the learning curve, applying new methodologies… it doesn’t matter.
There are many types of leadership that exist. You need to understand who you are and what the company does to know which makes the most sense to apply.
Check out, we’ve separated 9 types of leadership:
This leadership style is perhaps the most classic – and even stereotyped within companies.
An authoritarian leadership is always rigid and focuses, almost exclusively, on the execution of the tasks.
Decisions are made autocratically. The final word is that of this leader and most likely there will be no space for joint construction, nor an exposition of opinions.
Such a person has a much more imposing, domineering style. He is convinced in what he does and his actions can, in general, demotivate those around him.
The charismatic leader stands out easily and almost immediately. He is a person who brings lightness to work and in many cases does not even actually occupy a place above the organizational chart of companies.
But it is, without a doubt, leadership. He is a positive influencer within the sectors and no one is afraid to have him around, or would like to give up his presence.
It is an important person that the area manager can and should have as an ally to implement any necessary actions for the company.
Its power, by and large, is demonstrated through examples. What he does, the way he does it and presents it is followed.
Its positive influence on the environment makes people feel more comfortable to “wear” the company’s shirt.
The democratic leadership style preaches balance. And it allows all team members to have a voice and a voice to express their vision on relevant issues.
However, of course, the final word will be the manager. He will advise each collaborator in their roles and will create a collaborative environment – both open to debates and open to possible new actions.
The door to your office is always open and your attitude towards those you lead encourages the quest to achieve both personal and professional goals and objectives.
It also encourages, in meetings, the employee to bring valuable insights to improve processes.
And when we talk about the sales process, this is even more valuable. After all, it’s the salesperson who is on the front line with prospects on a daily basis and knows what it takes to generate value for customers.
Being liberal when leading presupposes that there is already consolidated maturity on the part of the managed teams.
If this reality exists, people feel comfortable and know almost automatically what they need to do and how that delivery should take place.
But if there isn’t a reasonable level of understanding on the part of the teams, the liberal style of leadership is dangerous.
This leader is less present than the others and doesn’t perform performance reviews very often – or even never.
And when there is no maturity regarding the responsibilities of the work, it is quite possible – even likely – that the results and deliveries will suffer greatly.
The motivator goes against the liberal type of leadership. If there is no maturity in the teams, then it is necessary to be always present, “on top” so that the teams make the deliveries they need.
If this happens in a positive way, the best of each one ends up coming out – and this is reflected in the quality of what is delivered.
The motivating leader plays an important role especially in times when problems surface. When there are crises.
At this time, it is necessary to be calm, gather employees and make everyone converge on the solution of the issues that are really relevant.
And, in many situations, only by infecting others around it is possible to reach what is expected as the final result.
Therefore, the motivating leader is always present. He dominates everything that happens in his sector and understands how he can talk to the team and to each one individually.
This leader may also be known as a coach. It is one of the types of leadership that always works to identify and encourage the skills and knowledge of its subordinates.
It’s a kind of junction between the motivator, liberal and democratic.
After all, he needs:
- encourage people to develop what was seen as a virtue;
- make the environment cooperative so that knowledge can be more easily absorbed;
- Giving space for people to feel part of the whole, being able to give their opinion and participate in decisions.
This manager is totally focused on increasing the performance of whoever is being commanded.
For this, organization is needed. Develop an action plan aimed at improving performance each day. He also closely follows this evolution and is always on hand to give constructive feedback.
This leadership style molds itself through the situation that is presented. Usually when a problem occurs. But it could be in a scenario of greater calm, of course.
In situations like this, the manager can designate a professional who will lead a specific process. And this choice in general occurs by identifying a positive influencer in the group, but who also has technical knowledge of the subject in question.
This is also a good way to identify who has the profile to be a manager in the future – to ascend hierarchically in the company.
Within a planning scenario, people are tested in the most diverse situations so that their spirit of positive leadership can surface (or not).
This is one of the types of leadership in which only specific knowledge in the area is considered. Good relationships with people, for example, are secondary.
Precisely because of technically mastering the subject, the decisions he makes are more respected and readily accepted.
However, it is very possible that tact with people is not the best of this leader’s virtues – which can make his persuasive power not so great.
It is essential that he understands that he must lead by example.
If we think about sales, the technical leader will be the guardian of the best practices that guarantee the customer’s success.
His speech, his way of dealing with the commercial routine, everything should serve as an inspiration for the teams to be able to bring the best results to the company.
Last but not least, visionary leadership. This applies at a higher level within companies, especially at the board level.
He is a person in tune with market trends and the organization’s operating segment.
It is this person who proposes improvements, who tries to implement new methodologies, processes… all with the aim of optimizing the work, reducing costs and, of course, improving results.
There is no worse or better style. Each one makes sense according to the values that the person has and also the company’s needs.
Be the one that makes the most sense for the business needs and also the one that will be most natural to you.
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There are many types of leaders who are ahead of companies – regardless of hierarchical level and business segment. A good leader is, without a doubt, someone who knows how to keep his followers engaged. Wearing the company shirt is critical to getting the best results – and you would certainly agree with that. But how to understand…