Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence, identified six leadership styles. Each style can be effective if it’s used in the appropriate situation. Four of them are especially effective in enabling teams to work well together and make the best use of the diversity of styles and skills present. They include the visionary style which moves people in a new direction when change is required; the affiliative style which helps the team navigate stressful times and heal from challenging circumstances; the coaching style is most effective at helping people improve their performance and strengthen or develop new skills; and the democratic style values input from a wide range of people and does much to gain consensus and build buy-in.
To learn more about how to lead with greater confidence and competence, and get the most out of your team, read Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence.