Ilm Understanding Leadership

Understanding Leadership

There are a variety of factors which influence the style of leadership employed at any given time within the work place, these include personal preference, the interplay between manage vs lead, the culture, the specific task, timeframe, trust, size and type of organisation or the individual in question. Most effective leaders will, to some extent, have the ability to flow between styles as the situation requires.

Each of us has a style of leadership that we prefer, falling somewhere on the spectrum between controlling, to empowering. The challenge we all face is to develop and maintain a range of leadership styles from those available to ensure that we can utilise an arsenal of techniques deploying the most appropriate methodology from delegating, facilitating, coaching and directing to get the best results in any given situation and actively not returning to default settings.

It is a significant consideration when managing a team how you’re personal preference will impact on each individual and the team as a whole. This will affect the day to day running of the team and how each individual will react initially to a new situation/task irrespective of how you then handle the situation. It will also have an impact on how others perceive the organisation which for an NHS organisation is of paramount importance to get right.

Each leadership style has its own benefits and disadvantages:
• Delegating empowers individuals to increase their skill set, take more ownership and feel more involved however in the event of issues or mistakes the individual may be left ‘holding the ball’ and this style does not encourage development within a role. This is very dependent on having the correct people in place to be able to delegate to including having the trust in them that the task will be completed within the expected parameters (timeframe/quality etc.), ideally I would expect the task to be completed in the same manner as if I had...