Leadership Styles : Leadership Style

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When asking twenty different people, “What is the correct way to lead?”, you will get twenty different responses. Most importantly, no response is incorrect and the variation of responses is expected because there are many ways to lead; every leader has their own leadership style. In her article, Johnson (n.d.) discusses five leadership styles: Laissez-Faire, autocratic, transactional, transformational and participative. Laissez-Faire has a French origin and it means “a policy or attitude of letting things take their own course, without interfering” ("Oxford dictionaries", 2016). When leaders take total control, such as making all decisions alone and does not ask for the input of the employees, they are using the autocratic leadership style. This style is similar to a dictatorship. Exceptionally dissimilar from Laissez-Faire and autocratic styles, leaders sometime use the “give-take” system. The transactional style lets the manager and employee agree on a goal and when the mission is completed, the leader will reward the employee for the great accomplishment. The same rule applies if the employee does not reach a set goal; they will be discipline accordingly. A morale boosting style is the participative style. Whenever a leader includes their employees in the decision making process, the employees tend to feel needed and essential. Even though the final decision is made by the leader, the employees’ input and suggestions is considered and incorporated in the final
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