According to Hersey and Blanchard, there are four main leadership styles:
- Telling – Leaders tell their people exactly what to do, and how to do it.
- Selling – Leaders provide information and direction, but there is increased communication with followers. Leaders “sell” their message to their team in order to get them on board.
- Participating – Leaders work with their team and share the decision making process. The focus is on relationship rather than direction.
- Delegating – The Leaders involvement in the decision making process is significantly reduced. Responsibility for decision making is passed to the follower. The leaders role becomes one of monitoring progress rather than directing.
As you can see, Telling and Selling are focused on the task and getting it done. Participating and Delegating styles are designed to develop the follower’s ability for independent thought and action.
Personally, I feel that there are times when it is appropriate to use each of these styles and that a strong leader knows which to use when and with whom.
That is your leadership style?