Identify factors that will influence your choice of leadership styles and explain why your leadership styles are likely to positively affect your team.
Before we look at what leadership styles there are it is important to define what the difference is between management and leadership.
The biggest difference between managers and leaders is the way they motivate people to follow them. Managers have a position within the organisation, their teams work for them to complete tasks and in turn manage situations as they occur. Leaders on the other hand do not have teams when they are leading. Instead, formal control is given up, as to lead is have followers and this is always a voluntary activity. Telling people what to do does not inspire…show more content…
To aid in deciding what style of leadership is appropriate for my particular team it is vital that I understand not only how my team is performing but also the dynamics and personalities of the individuals making up the team. For example:
• Using an authoritarian style on a new team member who is just learning the job. The leader is competent and a good coach. The employee is motivated to learn a new skill. • Using a participative style with a team who know their job. The leader knows the problem, but does not have all the information. The employees know their jobs and want to actively be part of the team. • Using a delegative style with a team member who knows more about the job than you. You cannot do everything and the employee needs to take ownership of her job.
During the 1970’s, Dr Meredith Belbin and a team of researchers conducted research on a number of teams in an attempt to discover what aspects of a team’s dynamics can contribute towards the teams overall success or failure. They discovered that the success or failure of a team was not dependent upon the individual team members intellect but upon their behaviour. Following Belbin’s publication in 1981 of Team Role Analysis he concluded that there are nine key roles that are aligned to an individual’s behaviour that can contribute to the make up of a team. It is essential that as a leader I am able to understand the possible behavioural role that an individual may exhibit when