I’ve just returned from delivering teamwork training in Kuwait and, inevitably, this touched on the concept of leadership and leadership styles. Participants on the programme were keen to know what I thought the “best leadership style” was, even though they recognised that this might be situational.
Out of interest, I entered ‘leadership styles’ into Google. Thirteen million responses suggested that leadership could be Autocratic, Bureaucratic, Charismatic, Democratic, Emergent, Facilitative….through to Servant, Transactional, Transformational and Visionary: pretty much a leadership style for every letter of the alphabet. You might be able to find an X, Y and Z…..
In attempting to answer my learners’ questions directly, I found myself explaining the following conclusions that I have come to over recent years. You may or may not agree with me that the concept of ‘leadership styles’ is an outdated one. However, I much prefer to think of leadership as a set of attitudes, values, skills and behaviours that are applied consistently, rather than a ‘style’ that is changed depending upon the context.
I believe that leaders are accountable for four key things in any organisation.