What’s My Leadership Style?
What kind of leader are you? Discover your leadership style with our quiz below.
I let others know what is expected of them
I maintain a friendly working relationship with others
I consult with others when facing a problem
I listen receptively to others’ ideas and suggestions
I tell others what needs to be done and how
Others know that I expect a great deal from them
I make it pleasant to be a member of the group
I encourage continual improvement in other people’s performance.
A Directive leader gives followers instructions about their task, including what is expected of them, how it is to be done, and the timeline for when it should be completed.
Directive leadership is useful when followers are dogmatic and authoritarian. In other words, when they are assertive and follow strict observance of rules and hierarchy. Directive leadership is also useful when tasks are complex, ambiguous, and the organizational rules are unclear.
A Supportive leader is one who goes out of their way to make work pleasant for followers, which, in turn, provides followers with the confidence necessary to succeed. Supportive leaders treat followers as equals and give them respect for their status.
Supportive Leadership is useful when tasks are structured, unsatisfying, or frustrating.
An Achievement-Oriented leader is one who challenges followers to perform work at the highest level possible. This leader establishes a high standard of excellence for followers and seeks continuous improvement. In addition to bringing high expectations to followers, these leaders also show a high degree of confidence that followers are capable of establishing and accomplishing challenging goals.
Achievement-Oriented leadership is useful when tasks are ambiguous or unstructured.
Participative leadership consists of inviting followers to share in the decision making. A participative leader consults with followers, obtains their ideas and opinions, and integrates their suggestions into the decisions about how the group or organization will proceed.
The Participative style is useful when tasks are unclear and the followers have a need for control (or autonomy). This is often the case with highly skilled followers or creative fields of work.
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