Daniel Goleman introduces 6 leadership styles which he believes a leader may fall into. These leadership styles made me reflect on some of my earlier entries on how I am trying to formulate myself into a better leader. His leadership styles made me realise that there are some things which i have been negligent to.
  • Visionary leadership - I acknowledged this to be important but wouldn't classify myself to have of made it an important attribute to have.
  • Coaching style - I have also neglected this as I admit my experience is limited and as such I perhaps am not the best person to be coaching others. But I can see that maybe this is not the case and some of my own accumulated knowledge does have a lot of barring and meaning to others. I base this on past work experiences where I found that people who I worked with were negligent to certain things that I was able to see and identfy. Perhaps if I had more courage back then I would have of said something.
  • Affiliative leadership- Promotes harmony. Friendly. Empathetic. He/she boosts moral. Solves conflict. - I think that this is what my friend Simon was saying, i.e. a leader working with his people. I acknowledge that this is something I now believe in and as such will take it on myself to implement.
  • Democratic leadership - Superb listener. Team worker. Collaborator. Influencer. - A superb listener I may not be but I find I may be close to it, depending on who I am talking with. A team worker as mentioned previously I need to get better at and as such should be a personal focus of mine. A collaborator and influences I can be although this depends on the situation. Now reflecting on this I admit it's wrong to be negligent to these things and not use it all the time. As I leader I must do this to succeed.
  • Pacesetting leadership - I have been ignorant to this and haven't even thought about it but this style does make sense. Things do need to go at a relevant pace to reach desired outcomes. I found this to be the case at my previous place of employment where my leader was complacent in doing things in a certain timely way. It worked I must say and it kept things from tipping over.
  • Commanding leadership - This one for me is a tought one and perhaps it is why I have neglicted it. Respectively because I am not a commanding person, my approach varies. When I am hard hit or my temper goes high I can be commanding but not at all times. It is something I try to avoid to be as it generates bad reactions from those who I do lead. Perhaps I am wrong and this is not the case rather I should be commanding as that is what leadership entails and thus I must bite the bullet and accept it as a responsibility.
Overall I think my aim should be to demonstrate an affiliative and democratic leadership style although I acknowledge at times I may need to switch depending on the situation. These styles have definitely given me something to think about and acknowledge more so as to what I should be doing rather then just doing what I assume. So in essence "YES" I will do my utmost best to think about these styles and utilise them willingly.

These leadership styles have made me question though, are people aware that they are using x style? For me I believe that I am not but instead I act on the situation instead accordingly. I wonder if there would be any difference if I recognised what leadership style would be suited to the situation? I think I mentioned this in an earlier entry however I am now thinking about it. The only thing that would stop me from utilising this approach is the time factor and whether or not it would entail more i.e. would I need to stick to a certain script when performing this style or would it be something that I let happen naturally?

This thought has now gotten me thinking about leading change and how that can be done through different images, i.e. director, navigator, coach, interpreter, nurturer, caretaker. Perhaps styles, images and frames could be combined for a given situation?



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