Daniel Goleman’s – Democratic Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Democratic Leadership Style

Democratic Leadership StyleThe democratic leadership style is used to gain vital facts and information from the experts or those with the relevant knowledge in your team. It focuses more on listening than it does directing and encourages participation from employees. As a leader this leadership style is vital, you cannot be the best at everything and in a well motivated and engaged team, you will have specialists whose knowledge and experience will far exceed your own. Any leader that is skilled enough to park their ego and use their team and the individuals in their teams to their strengths is clearly going to outperform a leader who cannot.Correctly Used:⇒ Any situation that requires a big change from the entire team⇒ Seek expert opinions when your own knowledge is less than that of your teamHow to Improve Democratic Style LeadershipLearn to quickly identify and communicate new challenges you want to overcome. Encourage participation from your team or the people you interact with by explaining the situation in a clear and simple way that everyone can understand and relate to. Give guidance about what you want from them and why their input is important. Doing these 2 things will ensure you are creating an environment where people feel safe to communicate their thoughts and opinions to you. From here the most important skill you need is to actively listen and continue to encourage input from your people.The democratic leadership style would not be used with an inexperienced team or a group of people that lack confidenceTop Tips Using Democratic Leadership Style1. Quickly identify and communicate new challenges you want to overcome2. Seek feedback from the relevant people in your team3. Use expert...
Daniel Goleman’s – Affiliative Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Affiliative Leadership Style

Affiliative Leadership StyleAs a leader, you will inevitably be challenged with situations where people will disagree with what you or others are saying or doing and there will be times of confrontation. Regardless of your best efforts these confrontations and the emotions that come attached to them cannot be avoided. Making mistakes or misjudging what to say and when does not make you a bad leader, disagreement and conflict come hand in hand in any environment where people interact with each other. What can make the difference between someone who may be deemed to be an incompetent leader and a great leader is how quickly and effectively we can resolve these negative and unwanted emotions.Correctly Used:⇒ Motive people during stressful circumstances⇒ Heal rifts between people⇒ Clear up any misunderstood intentionsHow to Improve Affiliative Style LeadershipOne of the main challenges encountered with the broken down relationship is that the parties involved have taken either the silence or the violence tactic. Neither one is desirable and both are extremely disruptive to any organisation or person trying to achieving their goals through engaging people.Step 1 – Spot the Tactic1. Silence2. ViolenceSilenceIn its most basic description this is having an opinion and deciding not to discuss it, the problem with this is that nobody knows what they’re thinking so something might have been very offensive to them or go against their values and people do not change what they are saying or doing because they are blissfully unaware of this. If people understood the person’s thoughts and feelings they would likely change their actions but a lack of feedback results in no change so you end up with a resentful statemate, often with nobody understanding why!ViolenceThis may be...
Daniel Goleman’s – Visionary Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Visionary Leadership Style

Visionary Leadership StyleVisionary leaders have a good understanding of the bigger picture and they communicate using their relevant experience confidently. A real visionary leader will not only explain where people are going they will also be able to explain why getting there is important and beneficial to the people they are communicating with. What is really impressive about how visionary leaders achieve this is that they have the skills to do this in a way that people can understand what they are saying and actually relate it to how it fits into their own life. You need the ability to be able to communicate your excitement in a way people can pick up on this. Correctly Used:⇒ When a new direction is needed⇒ If a team or group is in need of clear direction⇒ Not so effective when a team is more experienced than you areHow to Improve Visionary Style LeadershipTo become effective in the visionary leadership style you need to be able to confidently present yourself in your area of experience. The ability to work on being able to identify and then relate your messages to the people whom you are communicating is essential. Empathy really is a key skill needed here if you are going to deliver your message convincingly enough to inspire a change. Different people have different values and sometimes a higher or lower level of experience in the topic you are discussing so your message must be easy for them to relate to with the experience they actually have. If you are skilled in the visionary leadership style you will know what to say to push people’s buttons or if you don’t...
Daniel Goleman’s – Commanding Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Commanding Leadership Style

Commanding Leadership StyleThis is an “I tell, you do it” style of leadership. People that use the Commanding Leadership style want to get things done and they want them done quickly. There can be a time a need for this style of leadership but it should be used sparingly. Used correctly it is powerful in fixing problems faster than another leadership style would. However, many people overuse this leadership style. Short term people may turn a blind eye to what you say and do, but in the long term, the commanding leadership style when excessively used will have negative effects on the people you interact with.Correctly Used:⇒ In a crisis⇒ Dealing with problem people⇒ Under skilled for the task required but highly time sensitive⇒ If absolutely necessary due to external factors such as if in Danger⇒ Start a turnaroundHow to Improve Commanding Leadership StyleSocial Awareness is key here, you need to get in the habit of reviewing how you handled the situation. Was the reaction to what you said and did what you expected? Did the people you interacted with react differently to the way you thought they would? These are tell tale signs you need to adjust how you are approaching the situation. Ask lots of questions about how people feel about what you said or did but you cannot be too direct with this if you want the truth you need to make it easy for people to answer your questions honestly.Social Awareness Example⇒ Direct – Poor Practice – What’s the matter with you?⇒ Indirect – More skillful – I think I came across harder on you than I intended, did I overstep too much?People often justify their incorrect use of the commanding leadership style by...
Daniel Goleman’s Six Leadership Styles

Daniel Goleman’s Six Leadership Styles

⇒ Understand the most common mistakes people make when confronted with an excuse⇒ Discover how you can use the good performance of others to motivate improvement⇒ What to do when someone cannot see they are doing something wrong.⇒ What you should do when you need to give someone negative feedback and how to do it without it being awkward Daniel Goleman’s Six Leadership StylesAre you aware of what leadership style or styles you are currently using?If the answer to this is no then great news! Learning what the leadership styles are is easy and will 100% help you to quickly become a more efficient and effective leader.There are so many different leadership theories and lots of them are very good, so why is Daniel Goleman’s six leadership styles worth looking at? To answer this you need to know a bit about Daniel Goleman and why he is known throughout the world as a leader in his field.Dan Goleman I’m a big fan of Dan Goleman’s work and with good reason, his hard work and dedication are the reason that the theories of emotional intelligence are now within easy reach of anyone with a desire to improve their understanding of emotional intelligence. When a world class Professor of psychology of 45 years writes a book or speaks on his field of expertise, those years of study and success carry a lot of weight and for anyone who has already read any of Daniel Goleman’s books you will know that his work is exhaustive, to say the least!Daniel Goleman’s Six Styles of LeadershipThese six styles of leadership were discussed in Daniels book Primal Leadership, as stress in your environment increases you will make decisions that...