In most workplaces, there is no
one leadership style that can be used on its own, however, a good leader would
normally adopt a style, which suits different situation. The following are
factors that could affect leadership styles or behaviours in most work place:
first factor is the Task is definite as “the smallest identifiable and
essential piece of a job that serves as a unit of work, and as a means of
differentiating between the various components of a project” (Businessdictionarycom, 2017). It is a way of
defining the authentic purpose and the objectives of the team. The nature of a
task, the skill, and experience required to achieve its objective will
determine the style of leadership.
Second factor Workplace Culture:
this can be described as ‘the way we do things here’. These can be written or
unwritten codes of practice that influence staff attitudes, management
decision-making and leadership styles.
This is what an organisation one of a kind.
Third factor: Team Personal and
Experiences also affect the choice of leadership style that’s why it’s important
to identify the uniqueness of each team member and recognise their differences
in terms of Skills, Knowledge, Personality, Background, and Experience of those
individual that make-up a team in order adopt a right leadership style.
Explain why these are likely to
have a positive or negative effect on individuals and groups.
Different leadership styles or
behaviours will have a positive or negative affect on a team that’s why a good
leader will need to merge traits from different leadership styles to make the
right choice considering the workforce available for a task, recognising those
individual attribute and potential before choosing the right choice of
Autocratic leadership style:
these leaders often make a decision based on the tasks without consulting the
team and insisting on having their own ways only. However, this type of
leadership trait is important when working with a team of an inexperienced
individual that needs constant supervision or when there’s situation, which
warrants quick decision and assertive leadership. Though, they discourage and
frustrate the experienced skill staff ruining their creativity.
Democratic Style: these leaders
are more concern in to building a rapport with the team member, encouraging
them to discuss Ideas and make suggestions. This style creates an easy going
working environment with an opportunity to grow and moving forward in a
purposeful way within the organization. However, if the Leader is Timid in
making a critical decision it could affect the team in the long-run.
Laissez-faire style: this is a
leadership style called hands off approach giving the team authority to make
the decision on the day-to-day running of operation and implement the work
processes. While the leader sits back over-viewing the whole operation process
and taking action when necessary. This works better with knowledgeable and
well-motivated team members but is not appropriate for unskilled or unmotivated
Material “Introduction to Section 1: Effective Leadership”
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