“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way”
Some business owners are in tune with the needs and issues of their staff while others allow their staff to take full responsibility for their actions, as long as they are motivated to complete tasks on their own. Your leadership style may vary from others for a variety of reasons—your philosophy, skills, attitude, and so on. Whichever one you follow, it’s important to remember that effective leadership is an essential requirement of success, stability, and fulfilled business goals.
Are you interested in knowing your leadership style? Take this quiz and track the letters that most describe you for accurate results!
1. When it comes to communicating with your staff and fellow management, you: a) give strict order, direction and command
b) lead through persuasion and example
c) give little or no direction
d) guide them as if they are part of your family
2. How do you handle the decision-making process? a) you’re the only one who decides what is best in a given situation
b) you encourage participation in decision-making
c) you avoid control and allow staff to establish their own goals
d) you show concern for your staff by listening to their ideas and opinions
3. When it comes to tasks and duties, you: a) assign responsibilities without consulting your staff first
b) share responsibilities with your staff
c) leave responsibilities up to your staff
d) implement a reward system when your staff follows your direction
4. In your position, you’re most likely to: a) take full authority and responsibility
b) serve as a moderator of ideas
c) play a minor role
d) act as a parent figure
5. Which best describes how you oversee and engage with your staff? a) close supervision
6. Which expression matches your daily attitude? a) It’s my way or the highway
b) It takes two to tango
c) The ball is in your court
d) Blood is thicker than water
If you chose mostly A’s, your leadership style is…
As an autocratic leader, you dictate policies and procedures, take full responsibility and control of your staff, and provide clear expectations for what needs to be done and how it should be done. Autocratic leadership can promote better results when great effort, speed and determination are required. Unfortunately, this domineering leadership style may lead your staff to feel resentful and frustrated toward you and your business.
If you chose mostly B’s, your leadership style is…
As a participative leader, you seek to involve your staff in business processes and everyday decision-making. You thrive on this style of management because decisions are made with a large amount of participation, thus promoting higher motivation, increased cooperation and improved job performance. Your staff will feel like their opinions, ideas and suggestions matter. The downside: Consulting others on a regular basis may go against your ability to make decisions on your own.
If you chose mostly C’s, your leadership style is…
Directly opposite of autocratic leadership, free-rein leadership is a management style that allows your staff to make decisions and set up policies without your input. If you’re a free-rein leader, you don’t supervise your staff, but instead, you feel they must function and accomplish tasks on their own. While your staff, unfortunately, does not get the guidance and support they may need, free-rein leadership can develop friendly relationships and maximize the capacity for employee development.
If you chose mostly D’s, your leadership style is…
As a paternalistic leader, you perform as the “father” by taking care of your staff as a parent normally would. You encourage them to complete day-to-day tasks and work as hard as they can, ultimately building a trustworthy and solid relationship. Furthermore, you and your staff treat each other like family, inside and outside the office. It’s common for them to approach you when it comes to any problem they may have. The drawback of this management style is that most mature adult employees do not like their interests to be overseen by a father figure.
Allison Barfield is a content writer for Span Enterprises and has been writing since she first learned to hold a pencil, shortly after birth. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 2013 with a B.A. in media arts she fell in love with marketing. She's been copy writing and managing multiple blogs ever since.