Different Types Of Leadership Styles

1718 Words Oct 10th, 2014 7 Pages
There are several kinds of leadership styles used to facilitate the actions of others. Mirriam-Webster.com defines leadership as “a position as a leader of a group, organization, etc”. Another more inclusive definition regarding the leading role is “managers motivating employees, directing their activities, selecting the most effective communication channels, or resolving conflicts among members” (Robbins, Judge, 2013). If a company or organization suffers from poor, none, or the wrong leadership styles, everyone involved will pay and it can break them. On the other hand, when a company is firing on all cylinders and they have all the right people at the right time leading in the correct form, great things can happen, and that makes all of the difference. According to Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241 (2013), the five main leadership styles are: Laissez-Faire, Management by Exception (Passive), Management by Exception (Active), Transactional Leadership and Contingent Rewards, and lastly Transformational leadership. Each one of these styles broken down, and in different settings may add to or destroy an organization. The definition of each leadership style will be discussed, as well as the pros and cons that each style can have on a company.
The first style is Laissez-Faire. Most people at one time or another have experienced this type of leader. This leader would be totally disconnected from his/her subordinates. They may be sitting in a position of authority, but they…
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