First, what is leadership?
You can define leadership from multiple angles – by strengths, style, personality, attributes, behaviours.
Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee use Emotional Intelligence (EI) as the foundation to describe six distinct leadership styles in their 2013 book (updated from 2002 original) “Primal Leadership”:
- Visionary – the leader who can really move people toward shared dreams
- Coaching – the style of leadership who wants to connect with people and help connect them with what the organization’s needs and goals are
- Affiliative – creates harmony and emotional bonds by connecting people to each other
- Democratic – values people’s input and gets commitment to vision goals
- Commanding – often demands immediate compliance; high control
- Pacesetting – expect excellence and self-direction; works best to get quick results from a highly competent team.
What are your top 3 dominant styles? What style do you need to start using?