Some leaders cannot work comfortably with a high degree of followers’ participation in decision-making. Some employers lack the ability or the desire to assume responsibility.

Furthermore, the specific situation helps determine the most effective style of interactions. Sometimes leaders must handle problems that require immediate solutions without consulting followers.

What are Different Types of Leadership Styles?

We have covered 12 different types of ways people tend to lead organizations or other people. Not all of these styles would fit every situation, but you can read them through to see which one fits your company.

1. Autocratic Leadership

Autocratic leadership style is centered on the boss. In this leadership the leader holds all authority and responsibility. In this leadership, leaders make decisions on their own without consulting subordinates.

They reach decisions, communicate them to subordinates and expect prompt implementation. An autocratic work environment normally has little or no flexibility.

In this kind of leadership, guidelines, procedures and policies are all natural additions of an autocratic leader. Statistically, there are very few situations that can actually support autocratic leadership.

Some of the leaders that display this kind of leadership include: Albert J. Dunlap (Sunbeam Corporation) and Donald Trump (Trump Organization), among others.

Steve Jobs is another leader who was famous for using fear to inspire people to get their work done. This leadership style can obviously stifle the leader’s subordinates, but can also be useful in a crisis when important decisions need to be made without delay. You can read leadership quotes by Steve Jobs and many other visionary leaders.

2. Democratic Leadership

In this leadership style, subordinates are involved in making decisions. Unlike the autocratic style, this leadership is centered on subordinates’ contributions. The democratic leader holds final responsibility, but he or she is known to delegate authority to other people, who determine work projects.

The most unique feature of this leadership is that communication is active upward and downward. With respect to statistics, democratic leadership is one of the most preferred styles of leadership, and it entails the following: fairness, competence, creativity, courage, intelligence and honesty.

George Washington was a leader who was famous for his democratic focus. Medical and high-tech industries fit well with a democratic leadership style because they require a high amount of collaboration to function.

3. Strategic Leadership Style

Strategic leadership is one that involves a leader who is essentially the head of an organization. The strategic leader is not limited to those at the top of the organization. This style is geared to a wider audience at all levels who want to create a high performance life, team or organization.

The strategic leader fills the gap between the need for new possibility and the need for practicality by providing a prescriptive set of habits. Effective strategic leadership delivers the goods in terms of what an organization naturally expects from its leadership in times of change. 55% of this leadership normally involves strategic thinking.

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Sports is clearly an area where we can observe many leadership styles, and one in which strategy is crucial. Hockey player and coach Wayne Gretzky is well-known for his skill in strategizing.

Strategic leaders anticipate future needs and make decisions in the present to meet those needs. Gretzky famously said, “‘I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.”

4. Transformational Leadership

Unlike other leadership styles, transformational leadership is all about initiating change in organizations, groups, oneself and others.

Transformational leaders motivate others to do more than they originally intended and often even more than they thought possible. They set more challenging expectations and typically achieve a higher performance.






这种领导力最具挑战性的方面是它是否会成功。 根据《哈佛商业评论》,团队领导可能会因为领导素质差以及其他挑战而失败。例如,如果团队保持一致,航空公司的飞行机组将更有效率。





One example of a cross-cultural leader in sports is quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Mariota Marcus. His Hawaiian background caused him to be an unpretentious player, in contrast to being a more aggressive one, yet he was still successful.

7. Facilitative Leadership

Facilitative leadership is dependent on measurements and outcomes – not a skill, although it takes much skill to master. The effectiveness of a group is directly related to the efficacy of its process. If the group is high functioning, the facilitative leader uses a light hand on the process.

On the other hand, if the group is low functioning, the facilitative leader will be more directive in helping the group run its process. An effective facilitative leadership involves monitoring group dynamics, as well as offering process suggestions and interventions to help the group stay on track.

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8. Laissez-faire Leadership

Laissez-faire leadership gives authority to employees. According to azcentral, departments or subordinates are allowed to work as they choose with minimal or no interference. According to research, this kind of leadership has been consistently found to be the least satisfying and least effective management style.

But to a certain extent, delegating is necessary. Famous historical projects led by laissez-faire leaders include the building of the Panama Canal and the Hoover Dam. With both projects, the presidents involved had to delegate many responsibilities in order to succeed.

Completion of Panama Canal in 1904 was a complicated feat. This was only made possible when American President of that time Theodore Roosevelt decided to lead this project. The successful completion of Panama Canal is an engineering marvel, because of its geographical location it came across several road blocks and incidents, but all hurdles were overcome as authority was correctly delegated to professionals.












12. Visionary Leadership

This form of leadership involves leaders who recognize that the methods, steps and processes of leadership are all obtained with and through people.

Most great and successful leaders have some sort of vision for where they are going. However, there are those who are highly visionary in their leadership.

Examples of leaders who had powerful and inspirational visions include Nelson Mandela and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Outstanding leaders will always transform their visions into realities.

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  1. kashif khan 说:

    Very nice lecture. There are too many leadership styles! come to think of it, which one is the most effective of them all and which one is widely used? What sort of style do parents exercise on their kids, and which one is most effective?

    • patience 说:

      pls I need info on servant leadership style

      • Adarsh 说:

        Servant leadership is a one of the types of Democratic in which one person advice than other responsible person do the work with their job description.
        Adarsh Uppadhayay
        M. Sc. Nursing student

        • Themba 说:

          Servant leadership is more focused on people and the leader sacrifices his priorities for people. People are given an opportunity by the leader and their preferences are prioritised.

      • Chere 说:

        thank you, can you say more on military leadership

        • Grace Oshun 说:

          Military leadership is largely Autocratic – the leader gives order and the followers obey without questioning. The leader does not consult or seek the opinion of his subordinates. His word is law.

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  4. chemowo timothy 说:

    thanks for your presentations but i would wish that you back them with examples and references. it will make it much more reliable.

  5. Ayodele Aguisto 说:

    Political leaders should be watched by electorates before voting them into power if such a politician is the type that will suit their purpose and interest.

  6. Rev. Edward Somuah 说:

    Very good and interesting information used in my leadership seminar for my church

  7. harry 说:

    pls can u help me wit dis question? Discuss the various types of leadership and make recommendations wit concrete reasons for the types of leadership that s Gud for nigeria.

  8. Penelope Laine 说:

    Really quick and easy to follow and comprehend. It would be good to note that one person may be a blend of these dependant on their age, experience and the company they are dealing with

  9. Tshokolo 说:

    You have applied for managerial position in large business. As part of the selection process,you have been requested to put your proposed management strategy in writing for the interview panel. You realize that you need to express your ideas on both efficient management and effective leadership.
    which leadership styles are most the important?

  10. leo 说:

    The kind of leadership Philippines have now is Charismatic Leadership

  11. Shafaq 说:

    I feel this article is very nice – some examples would have been more useful for better understanding.

  12. Dammike 说:

    Good job. If you can please add some contemporary examples to the note in future, it would add a lot more context to your piece. Also, some pros and cons for each style will help us understand the topic a lot better.

  13. Dr. EK Lungu 说:

    Great information on leadership style. I will use this in my village in Zambia

  14. Eilidh Archibald 说:

    Brilliant info!! Thanks for this it has helped me pass my SQA leadership class

  15. Bella Gallegos 说:

    Yes, examples would be nice, but just think of your friends and family’s. Think of your parents, uncles or aunts, or even neighbours and your grand parents and think what sort of influence they exert on others and what sort of work ethics they have then connect dots with this material and you will have real life examples.


    Thanks for the lecture but can you kindly explain more about these types of leadership:
    Bureaucratic leadership
    Sage leadership
    Emperor leadership
    Monarch leadership
    Servant leadership

  17. Benedict Guma 说:

    Good notes thank you, what about Delegation style? I mean what are the key characteristics that can help distinguish delegation leadership style from any other model. At times it feels like a people don’t have any specific style or methodology, it is more of a pick and mix of various styles in different situations.

  18. David Cormier 说:

    I would like to know who is the author of this article? Also how the author came about the studies of this materials?

    David Cormier

  19. Myer T.KNyanti 说:

    I have been trying to understand several leadership concepts at same time and most of the information I have come across so far had been too extensive to fully understand, but reading through this I guess I am now ready to score a good grade in my test. Cheers!

  20. Sabo Shedrack A. 说:

    You have spanciate a lot about the leadership style. Mr writer which one of these you follow or personally recommend?

  21. Nyero patrick 说:

    The information is enriching and no easily found in other usual documentations.

  22. Moses 说:

    Thanks for information.

    If the merits and demerits of each style is talked about could be so good, it will help us understand and consume the information much easily.

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  32. 彼得·基奇 说:

    很好的分享。在阅读了莱塞-费尔(Laisez-faire)领导力之后,我开始将其与现代敏捷领导力模型进行比较,因为两者都更多地涉及参与者(利益相关者)的自我驱动。然而,挑战在于作者对领导权的放任自由的观点,即它在组织中不太受欢迎。敏捷作为一种现代系统,似乎正在引领当今时代的问题。我是否可以说是正确的,尝试并影响作者对Laisez的想法,并尝试将其更接近敏捷型作为今天的发展方向。Spark集团的公司正经历着这种情况。是 啊

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  37. Ejaz SHAIKH 说:

    Quit a good informative info abt leadership types bt I felt that in charismatic leadership you should provide more depth, bt over all it’s up to the mark

  38. Suh I Fru Norbert 说:

    Thanks for this brief and straight-to-the- point examination of various leadership styles. However, I will to have each style illustrated by concrete and real world examples.

  39. Haimanot 说:

    What of smart notes. However, better of putting actual examples (touching country) Or preferably examples of some famous people from past of or current era who are in leadership positions from across the globe.

  40. Ms Elgiva 说:

    Thanks.Good presentation.
    I personally feel in today’s world a situational leader is the best.It is important to first study the group we are going to lead, specially their intellect and capabilities and then take the lead.
    The aim of good leadership is to make a person grow and train them to be future leaders. We must be around when they first walk the gangway. Empathy is a n important quality.

  41. Phos Sophea 说:

    Can you help to add example and activities of leader for each leadership styles, and help to detail the pros and cons and which situation to preform those styles.

  42. William Mandhlopa 说:

    servant leadership is not democratic
    servant leadership
    Greenleaf (1977) defined the “servant leader as servant first”. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve. Then conscious choice brings one to aspire to lead.” The person is completely different from the one who lead first, the power that drive the lead first may be to acquire possessions, while the servant first has inner drive to serve.
    Democratic Leadership
    In this leadership style, subordinates are involved in making decisions. Unlike the autocratic style, this leadership is centered on subordinates’ contributions. The democratic leader holds final responsibility, but he or she is known to delegate authority to other people, who determine work projects.

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    • 谢比 说:

      Despite the common fundamentals that you can follow to enhance your leadership skills, each individual should also have their own leadership style. This will be dependent on your personality and the situation you are in. Some would describe their style as ‘autocratic’, MBWA (‘management by walking about’), ‘participative’, ‘deserter’ or ‘detached’. These work well in some situations, and we are going to look at how different styles might be appropriate for your organisation.


    Am Mukisa Philegon Kaniike, a Ugandan Male Citizen.
    Am very appreciative about the presentation concerning the different styles of leadership which has greatly torched my heart in conducting a research study about my book themed: “DEVELOPING A MASTER-SERVANT HEART” soon to be finalized.
    keep it up.
    its inspirational, motivational and educative.
    Regards to all TEAM.

  50. Omara Christopher 说:

    It’s quite good,but leaders should vary them than sticking to one form for purposes of harmonising and avoiding monopolly to a leadership style.

  51. David 说:

    Depends on the situation. The leader needs to be able to adjust the leadership style as needed to serve the situation.

  52. uwagboe Rose 说:

    This is a good submission but the strategic leadership need some clarification
    job weldone

  53. Secilia Kiptoo 说:

    Thank you very much for the lecture and the feedback from other, I have used most of this in my assignment.
    I had only known the 4 leadership style, no as I am reading I see emotional is also leadership? Please explain more

  54. Cedric 说:

    This is great,congrats to the entire team.This is a Kenyan wishing you keep enlightening us

  55. Verona McCarthy 说:

    The reading provides a lot of information and clarify a few questions of my own.


    Which types of leadership styles are more relevant in public service organizations?

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    elon musk领导风格

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