What Are the Impacts on Performance for Different Leadership Styles?

Managers and executives likely don’t give too much thought to the importance of leadership styles (but they would be wise to do so). Yet, this has such an important impact on management success and business  unit performance.

Style comes into play in any number of areas such as communication, work relationships, the manager’s personal branding, to name a few. In this edition of Management Skills News & Views we explore the “styles” issue and bring you some important resources.

From Mahatma Gandhi and Winston Churchill to Martin Luther King and Steve Jobs, there can seem to be as many ways to lead people as there are leaders.

Fortunately, businesspeople and psychologists have developed useful, simple ways to describe the main styles of leadership.

By understanding these styles and their impact, you can develop your own approach to leadership and become a more effective leader.

We’ll look at common leadership styles in this article, and we’ll explore situations where these styles may be effective with your people.


The leadership styles in this article are based on several core leadership frameworks. You can read more about these in our article on Core Leadership Theories.

Adapting Your Approach to Leadership

In business, a leadership style called “transformational leadership” is often the most effective approach to use. Transformational leaders have integrity, they inspire people with a shared vision of the future, they set clear goals and motivate people towards them, they manage delivery, and they communicate well with their teams. (You can find out more about transformational leadership at the end of this article.)

However, leadership is not “one size fits all” thing; often, you must adapt your style to fit a situation or a specific group. This is why it’s useful to gain a thorough understanding of other leadership styles; after all, the more approaches you’re familiar with, the more tools you’ll be able to use to lead effectively.

Let’s take a deeper look at some of the leadership styles that you can use….More at Leadership Styles – Leadership Skills from MindTools.com

There is not really a right style from the managers point of view but could be a wrong style for the staff and the mission. This is a senior management concern. Knowing your leadership style, and the strengths and weaknesses of it, puts the manager in a position to consider his/her impact on the people and productivity of the unit. Knowledge is the important first step.

When you understand your style of leading, you can be more effective knowing ahead of time what a situation calls for and being prepared.  With a strong sense of your own style you are in a better position to adapt your style in specific situations.  This adaption mode is a positive ability to lead successfully.

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Michael D. Moore is the publisher of Management By Delegation and is a veteran executive with 40+ years in the Banking and Insurance Industries. A devoted entrepreneur, using his business experience to provide resources for managers and leaders at all levels. For the last 5 years, he has built a growing web presence for helping people with personal and professional development. To learn more about these advanced concepts & join our group Click here 5 Must Have Management Skills

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