Leadership Styles

Leadership Styles Definition: A leadership style is based upon a set of expectations; a person learns to develop as to how they should involve themselves, and others, in the achievement of results. There are five main leadership styles which have been talk about over the years; below we have the definitions of these. Obviously there are many other styles of leaders, but these five try and sum up what we normally see in business. Great Man The great man style of leadership defines that the leader tends to be a born leader, but tends not to look into the future too much. Their productivity is high, but only for the short term, which means that they can change quickly to market changes, but on the other hand they are unlikely to see changes coming and therefore it may lead to competitors having an edge. ‘Great Man’ also tend to be too dependant on other individuals, meaning that a good team needs to be around him, this is where a good business culture and environment would come in handy. These leaders also tend to be very well organised, against management, which can cause unrest, and due to this can be destructive. You will sometimes hear about the ‘Great Man Theory’, which uses the above information as a basis to describe leaders such as Abraham Lincoln and Julius Caesar. An argument against the great man comes from Herbert Spencer, saying that “you must admit that the genesis of a great man depends on the long series of complex influences which has produced the race in which he appears and the social state...