| John Spacey, December 20, 2017 updated on September 23, 2018
Leadership is the practice of getting groups of people moving in the same direction towards common goals. It is a social skill that can be done with or without formal authority. Leadership is based on foundations of influencing and motivating. It involves elements of strategy, decision making and management. The following are common elements of leadership.
StyleLeadership style is the basic approach of an organization, team or individual to setting direction and getting people to follow it.
|Authoritarian||Leadership that relies solely on formal authority and a rigid system of command and control. This requires systems, process, rules, regulations and punishment for non-compliance.|
|Charismatic Authority||A leader who extends their influence beyond their authority with the force of their personality.|
|Paternalistic||A leader who views their team much like a family whereby they help members to grow and reach their potential. This can result in an extensive professional network of loyal allies over time.|
|Democratic||A leader who orchestrates social processes as opposed to dictating a direction.|
|Laissez-faire||A leader who gives individuals freedom to achieve a set of goals as they see fit. This suits creative processes. A laissez-faire leader serves as a role model or mentor and leads by example.|
|Transactional||Influencing and motivating with reward and punishment.|
|Narcissistic Leadership||A leader who is only concerned with themselves. For example, a leader who is willing to follow irrational strategies that damage an organization if it enhances their own position. Narcissistic leaders have poor relationships with almost everyone and are in a constant state of conflict. They gain influence by developing a reputation for being "tough."|
|Abundance Mentality||The opposite of narcissistic leadership. Leaders with an abundance mentality believe that most situations are win-win. For example, the belief that if a leader does what is good for the organization and their team they will reap rewards. Focuses on results over political battle. Tends to sideline people who are negative, dramatic or unproductive.|
StrategyStrategy is a plan for the future. If leaders get people moving in the same direction, strategy serves as the direction.
Influencing is the process of selling goals, strategies, objectives, tactics, policies and actions to teams. Leadership often involves influencing beyond your formal authority. In other words, leadership is mostly about convincing people to follow as opposed to dictating commands.
If you influence people to follow direction, they still require the motivation to do well. As such, motivating people is a basic function of leadership.
ExecutionLeadership practices that ensure that strategies are implemented.
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