Managers often ask me: what's the best leadership style?
My answer: apart from being authentic , it depends...
When working with leaders, I often use Paul Hersey's classic, but still very powerful "Situational Leadership" approach:
- What does the situation require?
- and how ready are your followers?
Below is a more recent perspective by the father of Emotional Intelligence, Daniel Goleman.
Oh, and he says: "I encourage leaders to work with a coach to digest such feedback and develop a plan for strengthening your EI muscles in a variety of different situations." ;-)
Here are several leadership styles that produce a positive work climate and outstanding performance: Visionary leaders articulate a shared mission and give long-term direction. Participative leaders get consensus to generate new ideas and build commitment. Coaching leaders foster personal and career development. Affiliative leaders create trust and harmony. In the short-term, directive leaders who simply give commands and pacesetters focused only on hitting targets (like the emergency situation Emma confronted) can be effective. In the long-term, however, such styles produce a negative climate and very poor performance.