6 Leadership Styles and How to be Successful

Being a good leader often means knowing what to do and when to do it. A good leader is an adaptive leader. Just like in a combat situation, different circumstances require different tactics. At times everyone knows what to do and the team members outperform themselves. That sort of situation will require a different leadership response than one in which you are dealing with a challenging project, where your team members are confused about what to do next. So, a successful leader needs to know when to give recognition, when to ‘boss people around’, when to direct efforts, or when to step out of the way and observe. That is why great leaders are comfortable changing their leadership style depending on what the goals and what the needs of the team are at that specific moment in time.

David Goldman presented the six leadership styles he found among managers, and how they can affect the future of the organization. When and if you choose to adapt these strategies is your call alone.

The authoritative leader focuses on the end goals. He doesn’t care about how everyone does it, as long as they follow his vision. It’s a style suited for situations where the team has the know-how, but needs a new outlook on things. It’s not suited for teams where the leader has less experience than the other members of the team. It bolsters initiative and enthusiasm.

The pacesetting leader focuses on speed. He expects everyone to know what to do, and he wants things done quickly. It’s great if the team is motivated and has the skill expected, but in the long run it can deter innovation and demotivate the team.

The coaching leader focuses on the people. He wants to make sure everyone reaches their full potential. It’s perfect for assessing your team or for low-paced projects. It can lead to negative reactions if the team doesn’t like change, so be careful.

The affiliative leader focuses on group structure. He focuses on getting people together and giving them a sense of belonging. It’s useful for stressful projects, or with new teams. On its own, it can lead to people feeling that low performance is tolerated, so it needs to be combined with another leadership style.

The coercive leader focuses on hierarchy. The leader expects everyone to do as he tells them to. It’s a style suited for a crisis, or for controlling a conflict or a conflict-causing team member if an amiable solution cannot be found. Used carelessly it can cause distrust, a hostile work environment, and discourage innovation.

The democratic leader focuses on empowerment. The leader will ask for the opinion of teammates, a very useful method for those situations where the leader lacks experience in a matter, or he wants the team to take responsibility and feel responsible for an idea or goal. It should be avoided in a crisis situation when it would just cost you irreplaceable time.


If you want to know why your leadership style is important, read our article – “Why your leadership style matters

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7 traits of high achievers

Are you a high achiever? High achievers tend to have certain traits. If you consider yourself a high achiever, you’ll probably recognize some of these traits in yourself. If you don’t see them, these are probably some characteristics that you might want to work on developing. If you’re looking for a job, these are some of the traits that employers may want to see – and it might be in your best interest to think about how to showcase these characteristics. Without further ado, here are some top traits of high achievers:

They have drive.

It’s probably obvious that highly successful people have a lot of drive. But generally, it also means that they are so proactive that they seek out new assignments. Successful people have a consistent interest in seeking out new endeavors – not just sitting on the coach and playing video games.

They are organized.

High achievers organize their approach to problems and projects. Although their work area may be a complete mess, their thinking is organized and their approach to problems is highly organized.

They are able to handle tasks beyond their experience level.

High achievers are able to learn by doing; when they don’t have the classroom experience, they are able to learn by being thrown into the mix of things.

They are persuasive.

High achievers have a consistent ability to influence people. That doesn’t mean influencing them in what type of creamer they use in their coffee, but in regards to larger matters such what ideas they support.

They learn and apply new knowledge.

Obviously this refers to learning technical skills, but it also applies to learning less easily defined skills and applying ambiguous learning to real life situations. That means that high achieves apply not only the specific skills learned in the classroom, but also the general lessons learned in life.

They have a high emotional intelligence.

You may think that high achievers are always intelligent, but it’s even more important that they have emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is important in working with a directing teams, and high achievers often end up being team leaders or company founders. Surely, not all company founders have a high emotional intelligence, but in general high emotional intelligence is a trait of high achievers.

They have vision – and they know how to execute it.

This is essentially the crux of good leadership. If you’re a freelance writer, you may not need good leadership, but in that case these are still the crucial components of good self-direction.

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4 habits of success

Amongst the general population are people who seem to enjoy a lot more success than the rest. These people may be leaders of industry, but they still get up every morning, just like you and I. So what sets them apart?

The pessimists amongst us would say it has a lot to do with luck. But the truth is, to be successful, you need create your own luck. It is important to take charge and start living proactively.

Here is a list of things that you should make a habit. (more…)

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