leadership styles

Leadership Styles that Energize and Inspire

The strength of a company depends heavily on its management’s ability to lead employees to success. More and more companies are focusing on developing leadership styles that inspire and motivate.  Inspiration not only creates more engaged employees, but it also increased innovation and business success. Employers who cultivate an environment that inspires, motivates, and engages employees will gain a competitive edge,  because motivated employees make things happen.

Ultimately each manager has professional and personal attributes that align with specific leadership styles. Which one of the following leadership styles most characterizes you?

The Trend Setter

This leader is an innovative visionary who sees potential where others see roadblocks. Watch as the trend setter:

  • Sets an organizational tone of buoyancy and possibility.
  • Shifts between deep contemplation and engaging enthusiasm.
  • Digs into data and reads volumes of material to identify social needs and trends.
  • Seeks out diverse thinkers and competitors to broaden and elevate thinking.

The Coach

Team is everything to the coach. The coach leads by:

  • Bringing out the best in everyone.
  • Focusing on unity while trying out different strategies.
  • Valuing a team’s doing the best it can more than winning.
  • Using positive energy to boost and inspire a department or organization.

The Guide

The Guide patiently taking each step that leads to success:

  • Invites participation rather than expecting it.
  • Is an adept listener and observer who shows others how to draw on assets when developing needed skills.
  • Draws out talent that people cannot see within themselves.
  • Steps further to the side as an employee’s abilities and confidence grow.

The Engager

This type of leader is not always an extrovert though this trait is often attributed to those who engage others. The engager:

  • Brings people together, within a team and across departments, with a special ability for conflict resolution.
  • Learns about others’ interests, asks questions, and refers to these in relation to the workplace.
  • Asks questions and has an encyclopedic memory.
  • Takes steps to brighten others’ days.

The Humanist

The humanist values equal opportunity and social justice. Leadership is demonstrated through:

  • Advocacy for employees and customers, including those who are learning to use their voice.
  • Compassion and modeling for others the ability to look beyond self-interest.
  • Encouragement for employees to volunteer with organizations that benefit others.
  • Places values above profit with awareness of how the latter benefits the former.

For more leadership tips, check out Qualities That Make Great Leaders