Leadership is the ability to have an effect on people or things. There are four fundamental dimensions that are used to classify leadership styles: the level of followers’ proactive response, the level of emotional involvement by followers, the level of acceptance of responsibility by leaders, and adaptability in response to changes in the environment. But beyond these, what are the different ways of leading? And what are the strengths and weaknesses of different leadership styles? Exploring further, as a leader do you consider yourself as someone who leads by example or as someone who takes control and makes decisions? Or do you consider yourself as a hands-on leader or someone who delegates?
There are many types of leadership styles that can be used in different environments. For instance, the style that works well for leading democratic nations may not work for authoritarian regimes. There are many classes on leadership styles and choosing one depends on your understanding of what kind of environment you are working in. The main types of leadership styles include Autocratic Leadership Style, Democratic Leadership Style, Laissez-faire Leadership style, Team-oriented Leadership Style, Transactional Leadership style, and Transformational Leadership style.