Introduction to the Leadership Styles Blog Series
In many ways leadership is a very simple concept: leaders aim to inspire, enthuse and motivate others in the achievement of an agreed objective. But when you consider the diversity of leaders, their staff and the professions they work in the subject of leadership begins to become a little more complex. Most leaders know what they should be doing, but for some reason they don’t do it!
It is for this reason that I have decided to create this blog series with an aim to identify a range of different leadership styles which can be adopted by leaders. It must be stressed that there is no right or wrong leadership style but rather the styles explored within this blog series should be used appropriately in response to the situation that presents itself.
The following posts will make up this leadership styles blog series:
- What is Leadership?
- Autocratic Leadership
- Democratic Leadership
- Task-Oriented Leadership
- Relationship-Oriented Leadership
- Bureaucratic Leadership
- Laissez Faire Leadership
- Charismatic Leadership
- Servant Leadership
- Summary of Leadership Styles
I will be publishing a different leadership style article each day over the next ten days. We will start by looking at leadership in general terms to establish a starting point to build on. Following this we will explore eight different leadership styles – each of these posts will follow a similar format: introduction; key strengths; key criticisms; and final thoughts. This consistent article structure will allow for easy comparison between styles. Once all eight leadership styles have been discussed I will be publishing a final summative article which will attempt to bring everything together and provide a conclusive overview of the topic.
You are strongly encouraged to post comments and join the discussions where relevant throughout the entire blog series so please feel free to do so where relevant. I hope you decide to join me tomorrow for the start of this Leadership Styles blog series where we will be asking the fundamental introductory question: What is Leadership?