Leaders are influential. It’s just that simple.
The problem is often times people try to be something that they’re not. And other people can see right through that BS.
That’s why when becoming a leader, it’s important that you stay true to who you are.
In this post we’ll cover the six different types of pack leaders that exist.
It’s important that you look this over and determine which leadership style resonates most with you because as a leader you always want to appear natural.
If you try to be something that you’re not people will pick up on it and you will lose all credibility and respect…which is the OPPOSITE of being a leader.
Now once you’ve identified your leadership type I’d like to show you how you can become the pack leader that others respect and comply with using The Pack Leader Blueprint.
Ok let’s get started.
The Impact of Leadership Styles
From large governments ruling millions of people to the smallest of businesses, people around the world are affected by leadership every single day. Leaders throughout the years have proven to be from one extreme to another, with many successes and just as many failures. Sometimes, what works best for one situation may not be what’s best for another. People can view leaders as too involved or not involved enough, depending on their own personal beliefs and their strengths or weaknesses.
The following is a list of six popular leadership styles, what they are, who they impact, and how they can work or fail.
#1: The Authoritarian Pack Leader
Authoritarian leaders make up the rules or laws, any procedures that may take place, and all the goals of a country or business. They are the sole person to make decisions that can impact a few people or an entire country. Although there have been notorious authoritarian leaders such as Hitler, many small businesses start this way. An entrepreneur just getting started may want total control over his vision until the business gets to a point where considerable help is needed and necessary. People following an authoritarian leader can expect to have all of their questions answered, from when to why to how. Leaders who use an authoritarian style can come across as dictators, controlling, or very bossy.
#2: The Paternalistic Pack Leader
Paternalistic comes from the root word paternal, meaning fa- ther or characteristics of a father. A paternalistic leader will come across as the father figure for a company, one in which the employees are almost viewed as children who should fol- low his lead. This type of leadership runs into problems when the father figure has a big ego and can’t relate to his employ- ees. This type of leader can quickly turn dictatorial and may make bad decisions for the company, further alienating his employees. Typically, the only people who enjoy this type of leadership are those who prefer to take on the role of a fol- lower and believe that somehow the paternalistic leader is go- ing to take care of them, much like a father would. Instead of being provided food and shelter like a child, they are provided a job and pay.
#3: The Democratic Pack Leader
A democratic leadership style is popular because people feel involved. A leader doesn’t make decisions on his or her own, instead, they bring in more people to guide their decisions and get input and feedback from them. This creates a sense of people’s voices being heard and not having rules or laws made for them without being able to speak out on it and give their views and opinions. However, this also means that when decisions are made, good or bad, everyone has some respon- sibility in the outcome.
#4: The Laissez-faire Pack Leader
A leader who is laissez-faire is one who is passive or has a laid back attitude towards their leadership. This type of lead- ership can be frustrating for employees who like interaction and need feedback. Laissez-faire leadership works best when the leader is surrounded by management and staff who are competent at their jobs and need little input to get things done. In a government role, laissez-faire can mean few regula- tions and little oversight of the people. Problems arise when things go wrong, because people start to blame one another for any mistakes that were made, but there isn’s always a clear understanding of who is to blame.
#5: The Transactional Pack Leader
Transactional leadership is based on the relation of an em- ployer and employee. An employee is hired to do a specific job and is paid monetarily for doing that job. This is what gives transactional its name, the idea of doing work for money. There are millions of leaders who follow this style, but for the employee who can think outside of the box or has a morecreative mind, this type of leadership can prove to be sup- pressing, leaving them feeling unfulfilled in their work. For employees who enjoy knowing what their defined role is, this type of leadership works well. It is also easy for the leader to supervise or give more explicit direction should it be needed.
#6: The Transformational Pack Leader
Many people would argue that this is the best leadership to have when it comes to a business or company. A transforma- tional leader is one who has a direct, positive impact on the employees. They believe in transforming the company into the best it can be by allowing employees the opportunity to reach their own personal potential. Transformational leaders have the ability to motivate and inspire employees to do their best, ensuring the company reaches its goals. People who work under transformational leaders tend to enjoy their work more and perform at higher levels. The transformational leader typically shows passion in their work, has a high level of energy, and exhibits emotional intelligence.
Now that you’ve figured out which pack leader type…