Tony Robbins is a world famous life coach and motivational speaker. Here he lists the 7 different types of leaders.
Which one are you?
Servant leadership is where someone uses their leadership skills to serve a greater good. Servant leadership focuses on your ultimate purpose or vision. It’s a useful style for those who follow their passions and can act as a rudder in challenging times.
DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP STYLE
A democratic leader is one who places high value on the diverse skills, qualities and knowledge base of their team and relies on advice from those around them. Can be highly effective in larger organisations where one person cannot run everything but not great if you have a big ego or you see yourself wanting to control everything. For example, in an emergency or war-time scenario where there needs to be a singleness of command structure to make firm and fast decisions. So if you like making decisions on your own, this one is probably not for you.
VISIONARY LEADERSHIP STYLE
Visionary leaders are problem solvers. This type of leader relies on abstract thinking and can envision possibilities that many others aren’t yet able to see. They’re “big picture” thinkers. Steve Jobs was considered to be a visionary leader.
COACHING LEADERSHIP STYLE
This is basically the type of boss everyone wants to work for. This type of leadership adopts a personal ‘people-centred’ style to cultivate a positive environment where encouragement and communication can flow freely. They have a tendency however to micromanage which can put some people off.
AFFILIATIVE LEADERSHIP STYLE
Similar to the Coaching style, this approach focuses on building trust within the group and creating emotional bonds that will promote a sense of belonging to the organisation. Full of praise and encouragement they are great to work with but can sometimes run the risk of overlooking issues in order to make others happy, which can be detrimental to the success of the organisation if done too often.
PACESETTING LEADERSHIP STYLE
A pacesetting leader is one who leads by example. They set and live by high standards for themselves in the hope that others will follow their example. This type of leadership is commonly found in the military.
Julius Caesar, for example, is famous for never having asked his soldiers to do something that he wouldn’t do himself. He’d frequently fight with them, join them in their daily activities and be the kind of soldier he wanted them to be. This empowered his troops to give their jobs their all, because if their leader was willing to try and excel at the task, that meant they could, too.
COMMANDING LEADERSHIP STYLE
A commanding leader is the kind of leader we most often see in movies and read about in books. They approach leadership with an attitude of “do as I say because I’m the boss,” giving directives and expecting others to follow suit without question. This is a very effective style in times of crisis when quick decisions need to be made. On the other hand, long-term usage of this style can undercut morale.