When you’re leading a group of people, be it in a project or just a group at work, people will benefit from a skilled leadership professional. There are several different leadership styles, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Today, we will talk about the best kinds of leadership styles you can implement in your organization. 

Participative Leadership

Rooted in the idea of democracy, this leadership style is best for people eager to involve their employees in the decision-making process. This can lead to your employees or workers feeling that their words and thoughts matter, leading to participative and engaged employees who are eager to contribute. As the leader, you’ll have the last say in the decision-making process, but it can be lengthy if your employees can’t reach a final decision. 

Delegative Leadership

Delegative leadership, or laissez-faire leadership, is a leadership style whose focus is overall delegating the leadership experience to the team members that you lead. If your employees are skilled and competent in the leadership arena, they can take responsibility when it comes to more individual work. However, a big downside is that disagreements that can happen among the group members can split up a group, leading to an overall loss of motivation and morale. 

Transactional Leadership

As stated in the name, transactional leadership uses transactions between the leader and their team members to get the necessary work done, be it rewards, punishments, or other exchanges. Using a reward system, these leaders can set goals and ensure that their team members will be rewarded for their efforts. This leadership style is more focused on following routines that are already established rather than making changes to the organization. Unfortunately, innovation and creativity don’t have a significant role in this sort of leadership, and empathy is not valued. Also, it doesn’t have the outlet to create more leaders that can take on leadership roles later in the company. 

Transformational Leadership

This type of leadership is all about inspiration. As a leader, your job is to have a vision and then give the people who you’re leading the tools to achieve it. Your job is to serve as a role model for the people around you. When done right, transformational leadership can lead to a lower employee turnover rate, with overall high morale of the employees that you work with. Because you’re seen as a role model and leader, motivation and inspiration are used to gain the support of the employees.