As everyone is different and brings their individual skills to the table so is their leadership style. Leadership means using influence and power to lead other people. Some leaders can’t lead when there is collaboration from their ‘team’; they need to be solo in their decision making. Some leaders crack under the pressure of responsibility. These are all different types of leaders, and we will explore them further below:

1. Autocratic

In this leadership style, the leader holds all the ‘power’ and responsibility. They make the decisions solely on their own without consulting with other team members. In this style, decisions are made and are expected to be implemented immediately without challenging authority.

2. Democratic

This style of leadership incorporates the opinions and thoughts of the whole team; however, the leader still makes the final call. This person might also delegate leadership to other members of the team to promote inclusivity. It fosters strong communication amongst the team members and statistics show with this type of leadership; teams are more likely to succeed.

3. Transformational leadership

This leadership style is about initiating change within an organisation. These leaders are strong motivators and encourage others to stretch beyond what they thought possible initially. These types of leaders empower followers.

4.  Team leadership

This style is about creating a vision and focus for the future of where the team/business is travelling. With this style of leadership, it promotes a strong sense of direction and purpose. It’s about collaborating with everyone involved to get to those goals.

5. Laissez-faire

This type of leadership removes accountability from the leader and gives the responsibility to the rest of the team. According to studies done, this leadership style is the least satisfying and effective style of managing people.

6. Coaching

This kind of leadership style fosters a supportive environment for team members. It’s an environment that focuses on improving one’s skills to achieve results. This leader encourages, inspires and motivates teammates.

7. Transactional

Leaders using this management style lead the team using the promise of reward or punishment to teammates based on their results and performance. Goals are set together between the team members and the manager, and the team member agrees to follow this direction, if they succeed they get rewarded, for example, this could manifest as a bonus received by the team member.