April 04, 2011

Overlaps and Links

I am a firm believer in flexibilty when it comes to leadership. All situations require different forms of leaderhip to achieve the best result. What I've noticed however is that when considering mental models for leadership and the various leadership styles, the leadership styles have many many links and overlaps with the characteristics of the different mental models of leadership. In essence, depending on your personality or how you link to interact with others, there are many leadership styles that fit under the umbrella of your personality. For example, the mental model of a charismatic leader suggests that participative leadership is most appropriate, so democratic decision making is needed. This however encompases consultative decisions, joint decision making, delegation and more. Under this umbrealla of leadership style you also have ideas of team leadership, roles as a visionary motivator, thoughtful architect and more. Basically, what I'm trying to say is that leadership is never black and white. There is no single approach but many. What makes a good leader is being able to interpret the situaiton and apply the most appropriate style. Ideas of situational leadership pop up there as well but I'll leave it at that for now.

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