Types of leadership styles that influence business outcomes

There’s no set book of rules that will help you manage all kinds of people and all kinds of teams. Every leader has his own book of rules that he has to modify considering the nature of the people who are working in his team.

People think becoming a leader is one of the coolest jobs in the world which is true to some extent but what’s more important to notice about leadership is that it’s the most difficult one too. There are many different types of leadership that get a variety of results from the people you are leading.

What might work for one person in your team might not work for the other person, and this is a fact that you cannot change. However, what you can do is that you can polish your leadership qualities and improve yourself as a leader so that people follow you and so that your team learns from you. 

What type of a leader are you? 

The question you first need to ask yourself is, what kind of a leader are you? There are several leader types, and if you first figure out the kind and type you are, leadership will get a lot easier for you, and team management won’t then sound as big of a problem as it. 

Here are the four main types of leaderships that influence your business outcomes:

1. Directive leadership

If you think of your employees as your subordinates and if you give them directions on exactly what they are supposed to do and how they are supposed to do things, then know that this type is also referred to as “directive leadership”. This type is connected with employee compliance. If you are a directive leader, you will be paying close attention to each and every bit of the move of your employees, and you will motivate them and encourage them with the help of discipline. 

2. Transformational leadership

Leaders who use transformational techniques, they inspire their team through communication and collaboration. In other words, you create this whole environment of intellectual inspiration, and that’s when you get to act like a leader and inspire and motivate all of your team to follow every bit of what you say and do. This type of leadership is often what employees demand and wish for. However, if you are a transformational leader, you need to make sure that your strategies are realistic, and they aren’t impossible or difficult for your employees. 

3. Servant leadership

The kind of person who distributes the power between all of his team equally is known as a servant leader. This kind of leader always unites his team with a cause and for a cause. It’s undeniably one of the best types of leadership where you think of no one as a lesser power than you, and you believe in all the people who are a part of your team. One thing you should know about this kind of leadership is that it requires a long term commitment, so if you think you can make one and stick to it then yes, you should consider yourself falling in the category of servant leadership. 

4. Authoritative leadership

The most common type of leadership is authoritative leadership, and in this type, the leaders are always concerned and are striving for a long term foresight or direction. An authoritative leader always leads through example, and he is confident about his skills along with the decisions that he makes. If you have a clear direction about what you want from your company, then this is the type that you fall into. 


These are the basic leadership types that affect businesses. Learn the type that you are and then work on polishing your leadership skills accordingly if you want the results to be favorable. 

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