Leadership Styles for Improvement

Leadership styles for improvement

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman et al. (2002) found during his research that there were 6 distinctive Leadership Styles.

He noted that these styles, when used, will have different effects on the emotions of the target followers. He always classed them as styles, not types and stated any leader can choose to use any style, or mixture of styles to suit a situation to ensure the most effective leadership approach.

So what style or approach should you choose and why? Well, it depends…

Different styles are more effective at different stages of the Change Process and an effective leader will switch between styles or use a combination of styles depending on the situation.

Generally speaking, as a leader of Process Improvement, you will only need to really switch amongst 4 of the styles to create the optimal work environment and ensure the success of your project and Process Improvement.

So what are they?

Use during the project implementation to get people involved or in genuine emergencies when changes are required in a short period of time.

Use at the start of the project to build the team and the relationships and during tough times to get people to support and look after each other.

Use at the start of the project to get people engaged in order to start shaping the change and throughout the process to keep them engaged.

Use after the change has gone live to provide support guidance and to continue to build in capability around the change.