Being an Effective Leader

by Karen Keller, Ph.D.

There are many leadership styles, which are effective for you?

Learn to lead effectively.

As you advance in your career, you, of course, get all of the perks that come with it. A nice pay raise, a company car, a nice office and other perks. But with those promotions, you also need to start upping your game. You need to start really honing your effective leadership skills and learn how to lead your department efficiently and effectively. Everyone has different types of leadership styles, and some work better for others, so what are some styles and what might work best for you? 

Commanding: There’s no doubt that you’re the boss! You don’t mince words and you tell people what you need them to get done on the double! This is a good way to lead a well-oiled machine, but if you’re not careful, your employees can come to resent you strongly. Tell people what you need done, but don’t forget to say please and thank you. 

Delegating: You’re a little less domineering than a “commander” type, but you still let everyone know what their responsibilities are. A delegator shows their leadership by giving out projects accordingly, but they also follow up. In order to be a good delegator, you have to have a staff you can trust to work the way you want them too. 

Democratic: You want your staff to feel like they have a say in how the department is run. Sure, it’s ultimately your decision, but when you let your employees choose their projects and help make decisions, they’re more motivated to get the work done. Just make sure you’re not too much of a pushover when handling things democratically.  

Hands-on: You’re in the trenches, so to speak. While you may delegate tasks, you’re still there, plugging away at various projects that you’ve given to your employees. While this certainly ensures that the quality will be up to par, you run the risk of taking on too much work and letting things slip through the cracks. 

While I’m sure there are many other styles, I find these to be the most common. How would you describe your leadership style?

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