When it Comes to Leadership, Style Matters

gwcc-when-it-comes-to-leadership-style-mattersLeadership styles play an important role in shaping a team’s dynamics and helping an organization achieve its goals. Each style comes with its own pros and cons, influencing how leaders interact with their teams and how teams respond to their leadership. Here are five examples of leadership styles that, depending on the situation and audience, could help improve your effectiveness.


The autocratic leadership style can be effective when a situation calls for quick decision-making and clear direction. However, it can lead to a lack of employee engagement and creativity, as team members may feel disempowered, undervalued, and without a sense of ownership.


A democratic leadership style fosters teamwork, leading to higher levels of motivation and innovation. However, it can also result in slower decision-making processes and a lack of direction if consensus cannot be reached.


Transformation leadership focuses on inspiring and motivating teams to achieve their best. Leaders who adopt this style can create a vision that resonates with team members, leading to higher levels of commitment and performance. However, transformational leaders may also be seen as overly idealistic, leading to disappointment if expectations are unmet.

“Each [leadership] style comes with its own pros and cons, influencing how leaders interact with their teams and how teams respond to their leadership.”



A servant leader prioritizes the needs and development of team members. This leadership style can create a positive and supportive work environment where the leader can build strong, trusting relationships with their teams. However, this style can also be challenging, as it requires leaders to balance individual needs with the organization’s goals.


The French phrase “laissez faire” means “allow to do.” This type of leadership style focuses on empowering team members to take ownership of their work and make decisions independently, which can boost creativity and innovation. However, it can also result in a lack of accountability and direction, as team members may feel uncertain about their roles and responsibilities.

As you can see, each leadership style has advantages and disadvantages. The most effective leaders are often able to adopt one style, if not more than one style, to any given situation. Consider this as you look to balance the needs of your teams and bring out the best in them.

Note: These lists are not intended to be all-inclusive.


  • Practice incorporating each leadership style into your daily activities.

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