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

leadership communication

The Pitfalls of Limited Leadership Communication

Effective leadership communication is a necessity if an organization is to thrive. When leadership is permeated by communication limitations, there are numerous pitfalls that can result.  Such as, unclear expectations that can cause employees to feel frustrated and disengaged. Accomplished leaders maximize the full potential of  their employees by being actively engaged. This requires feeling comfortable communicating seamlessly with different people, regardless of hierarchy.

Avoid these Leadership Communication Missteps

  • Keep a check on stress. Being overworked or fatigued leads to limited listening and quick responses that may be perceived as being rude.
  • Communication behaviors, including negativity, affect others’ interaction patterns. This can lead to misunderstanding and tension between staff and with customers.
  • Awkward forms of communication appear in writing as well as verbally. Misinterpreted written messages can lead to mistakes and interfere with work relationships.

Effective Leadership Communication Methods

You communicate daily in your leadership role. Be aware of the communication methods you use while interacting with employees and customers. Some are motivational while others are directive. Ask yourself which methods are best suited for various situations.

  • Listen actively and show respect when communicating.
  • Use teaching strategies when mentoring or reviewing tasks and procedures with staff. Demonstrate and discuss, asking questions to gain clarity and expand inquiry.
  • Directive strategies are used for non-negotiable processes. Teaching can be employed, sharing reasons for necessary tasks. Doing so increases transparency, a vital workplace practice.
  • Engage employees whether you are gathering information or viewing operations. Smiling and addressing them by name can be as appreciated as a kind word.
  • Use clear, descriptive writing to reduce misinterpretation. Follow up verbally for clarity.

Watch for the Outcomes of Positive Communication

  • Employees approach you more often with questions or when in doubt.
  • People share ideas more often. They show increased signs of engagement and enthusiasm.
  • Managers employ the communication strategies you’ve been using. They talk with you about their own changes and effects on their departments.
  • You are learning more about effective communication every week.
  • Absenteeism decreases.
  • Improved performance and staff interactions.
  • Customer satisfaction improves. At first you are aware of compliments and anecdotal occurrences. Later it shows up in performance and bottom line data.

No matter how how skilled an employer’s leadership communication style is, there is always more to be learned about effective communication.  As long as managers remain focused on bettering themselves, they will inevitably thrive in business and motivate others to do the same.


Check out, Communication Skills for Workplace Success