Leadership styles differ in both approach and methods of thought. It is important for a leader to identify and implement the style that is best reflective of their personality. This paper attempts to outline and summarize some of the different leadership styles that exist. The importance of utilizing common leadership attributes along with a designated leadership style cannot be neglected, as a leader’s effectiveness is a direct reflection of how they choose to lead.
Leadership Development and the Differing Leadership Styles
Individual perspectives vary widely in terms of the diverse leadership styles that exist. In order for an individual to determine what type of leader they are, they must first identify and develop what leadership style will be most advantageous for use. Their leadership style will affect how they relate to soldiers, and it will be reflective of their personality. The different facets of the individual must be taken into consideration while realizing that leadership is not a natural trait, something inherited like the color of eyes or hair. Actually, leadership is a skill that can be studied, learned, and perfected by practice, according to The Noncom’s Guide (1962)
Within the different types of leadership styles, there are common factors that encompass them all and should not be neglected. The most important of these is presence, which is conveyed through actions, words and the manner in which leaders carry themselves. Presence is critical because, a leader’s effectiveness is dramatically enhanced by understanding and developing it. Military bearing, physical fitness, confidence, and resilience are additional areas that can and should be incorporated into the various leadership styles. The main leadership styles that will be discussed in this paper are The Authoritative Style, The Affiliative Style, The Coercive Style, and The Democratic Style.