Leadership Styles, Leadership, Transformational Leadership And Laissez Faire Leadership

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Have you ever had a leader that inspired you to develop your own leadership traits? “A leader is someone who demonstrates what’s possible” (Mark Yarnell, 2015). There are numerous leadership styles. Each of the numerous leadership styles can be beneficial if utilized in an appropriate means. I have chosen three leaders and their unique leadership styles to discuss in this paper. The unique styles that will be discussed are situational leadership, transformational leadership, and laissez-faire leadership. I will also discuss each leader’s approach, their fundamental leadership principles, and how each leader used their style within their profession.
Situational Leadership Colin Powell is one of the greatest known military leaders
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If Powell was not open to the ideas and opinions of his troops, many more deaths could have occurred. Powell was supportive of his troops during training times. He would make the decisions, but they had the control. Powell was always supporting his troops and giving them motivation in any situation. The last quadrant is delegation, which Powell did not use much during his military career as he needed to be the one in control at all times as the leader.
Fundamental Leadership Principles Colin Powell has thirteen rules that he follows when it comes to being an effective leader:
1. “It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning.
2. Get mad, then get over it.
3. Avoiding having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it.
4. It can be done.
5. Be careful what you choose: you may get it.
6. Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours.
8. Check small things.
9. Share credit.
10. Remain clam. Be kind.
11. Have a vision. Be demanding.
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers.
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.” (Powell, 2012)

These thirteen rules have helped Powell throughout his career as a very successful leader. His situational leadership
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