Daniel Goleman’s Leadership Styles – What is the Best Leadership Style?

Daniel Goleman’s Leadership Styles – What is the Best Leadership Style?

What Is The Best Leadership Style?Successful leaders can switch between styles as situations change to find the most effective style to overcome any new challenges. People stick to what they know, but overuse of leadership styles should be avoided especially the Commanding and Pacesetting leadership styles that if used incorrectly or repeatedly can have a negative effect on the environment.  What Is The Best Leadership Style?Successful leaders can switch between styles as situations change to find the most effective style to overcome any new challenges. People stick to what they know, but overuse of leadership styles should be avoided especially the Commanding and Pacesetting leadership styles that if used incorrectly or repeatedly can have a negative effect on the environment.Developing Leadership SkillsLeadership Styles are skills that can be developed, the more skilled you become in each Leadership Style the more opportunities you will have to lead in the way that you want to rather than being forced to use one particular leadership style because it is the only way you can deliver the result. Take time to review your skills regularly and focus on developing any weak areas you identify. Understanding the six leadership styles and the strengths and limitations of each will significantly improve your ability as a leader. As your awareness of when you are using what leadership style improves you will be able to identify what you are doing that works and what isn’t and switch to another more effective style for that situation. One of the biggest advantages you can give yourself and the people you work with is to also recognize when you have used the wrong leadership style.You can...
Daniel Goleman’s – Coaching Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Coaching Leadership Style

Coaching Leadership StyleThe coaching leadership style focuses on developing people for the future by joining the development of individuals goals with the long term goals of an organization’s success. The coaching leadership style develops people professionally working on identifying weaknesses and improving their skill sets. When used correctly this leadership style is very beneficial to both the organization and individuals being coached as both their success and the organization’s long term goals are aligned with the organization’s mission. Used Correctly Improve a particular skill in an individual or team⇒ Use with well-motivated people who want to improve⇒ Generally a great method for continuous long-term improvement  Work on developing your ability to assess a person’s capability using questions about their relevant experience to the new challenge. When you understand the gap between where they are and where they want to be you can break down this gap into smaller achievable goals. Once you have set these smaller goals you will need to follow-up and give feedback. The feedback tells people where they are going wrong so they can adjust, people need this feedback as without the benefit of your experience to help them to relate what has happened in a way they understand they may continue to make the same mistakes. Once you have identified a mistake follow this up with helpful points to help them improve.Top Tips Using the Coaching Leadership Style1. Identify the gap in skill, break this down into manageable steps for the individual or team relevant to their experience. 2. Set deadlines and timescales to follow up3. Give accurate honest feedback and steps to improveThe Coaching leadership style helps people trace the root cause of a problem and build a particular skill set, this cycle drives...
Daniel Goleman’s – Pacesetting Leadership Style

Daniel Goleman’s – Pacesetting Leadership Style

Pacesetting Leadership StyleThe Pacesetting leadership style is very results focused, it focuses on the end result more than the way the results are achieved. Leaders using the pacesetting leadership lifestyle expect excellent performance from their teams when results are below expectations the leader will often jump up to pick up the slack. Due to this “follow my lead” approach each individual is held accountable to the leader’s high standards. Used Correctly:This works well with a highly competent team that is well motivated and well trained.⇒ This style of leadership will not work well with an unconfident team who lack experience or motivation⇒Use when needing to improve performance to deliver short term goals How to Improve Pacesetting Style LeadershipPacesetting requires you to identify the low hanging fruit and the quick wins, you need to set targets correctly to deliver these short term results and monitor your performance closely and adjust your team’s course as required. How you process failure is also very important in keeping your team engaged if you have misjudged your people’s ability level and they fail then the failure is your responsibility and you need to take the correct action. The leader seeing the failure as their own means the correct action can be taken to fix the issue (the team needs a smaller challenge or more support and training) this stops the usual “being stuck in a loop of continuous failure” caused by blaming the team. Like most leadership styles Pacesetting leadership works best when people performing the task understand why there is a need for a change or to improve performance so take the time to explain why it is important. When people know why something is important they will be better motivated to complete...
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...