Different Styles Of Leadership And Its Impact On The Sailor 's And Missions That We Lead

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There are several different styles of leadership and if we are to stick to just one type of style it could have a negative impact on the Sailor’s and missions that we lead. As leaders we need to be aware of our personnel and make sure that we are using the right type of leadership and that we do not become complacent in our style of leadership. In this paper we will look at three types of leadership, Situational Leadership, Transformational Leadership, and Transactional Leadership. Situational Leadership Situational leadership does not adopt the “one size fits all” approach to leadership; instead it depends on the situation and states that varying levels of leadership and management are necessary (Blanchard, 1996). There are three different things we must identify when using this leadership style; we must identify the most important task or priority, consider the readiness level of followers by analyzing their willingness and ability, and finally decide the matching leadership style. The leadership styles are as follows, Directing, Coaching, Supporting, and Delegating (Blanchard, 1996). In Directing the followers will have a low willingness and ability for the task at hand and leadership will have to define roles, tasks, and supervise throughout (Blanchard, 1996). This will be a one-way style of communication and will be used for your novices. Coaching, the followers have a high willingness and low ability in which the leader will need to define roles and tasks.

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