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What are the four types of leadership styles ? What skills and behaviors do you think are essential for effective leadership, and why?

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1. What are the four types of leadership styles?

There have been more than four leadership styles that have been proposed based on different assumptions and theories (i.e. trait, behavioral, etc.).

One's choice of leadership styles is influenced by a combination of their beliefs, values and preferences, as well as the organizational culture and norms that often encourage some styles and discourage others. Some of the styles include:

? Autocratic Leadership styles make decisions without consulting their teams. This is considered appropriate when decisions genuinely need to be taken quickly, when there's no need for input, and when team agreement isn't necessary for a successful outcome. 1. Manager seeks to make as many decisions as possible . 2. Manager seeks to have the most authority and control in decision making. 3. Manager seeks to retain responsibility rather than utilize complete delegation. 4. Consultation with other colleagues in minimal and decision making becomes a solitary process. 5. Managers are less concerned with investing their own leadership development, and prefer to simply work on the task at hand. (www.leadership-expert.co.uk/leadership-styles/)

? Democratic Leadership style allows the team to provide input before making a decision, although the degree of input can vary from leader to leader. This type of style is important when team agreement matters, but it can be quite difficult to manage when there are lots of different perspectives and ideas. The style has the following characteristics: 1. Manager seeks consultation on all major issues and decisions. 2. Manager effectively delegate tasks to subordinates and give them full control and responsibility for those tasks. 3. Manager welcomes feedback on the results of initiatives and the work environment. 4. Manager encourages others to become leaders and be involved in leadership development. (www.leadership-expert.co.uk/leadership-styles/)

? Laissez-faire leaders don't interfere; they allow the team to make many of the ...

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This posting explores the types of leadership styles. References are also provided to further validate the findings.

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