6 Leadership Styles

Published on 15th July 2017 in Leadership

What are the 6 Leadership Styles?

Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, and Annie McKee described six distinct emotional leadership styles in their 2002 book, “Primal Leadership.” Each of these styles has a different effect on people’s emotions, and each has strengths and weaknesses in different situations.

Four of these styles (Visionary, Coaching, Affiliative, and Democratic) promote harmony and positive outcomes, while two styles (Commanding and Pacesetting) can create tension, and should only be used in specific situations.

Goleman and his co-authors say that no one style should be used all of the time. Instead, the six styles should be used interchangeably, depending on the specific needs of the situation and the people that you’re dealing with.

Final Key Point

Each style has a different effect on the emotions of the people that you’re leading. Each approach works best in different situations, resonating differently with your team, and producing different results.

Anyone can learn how to use these leadership styles. But it’s important to remember that these styles are meant to be used interchangeably, depending on the needs of your team, and the situation


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