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Friday, October 26, 2007

Leaders come in different flavors

Much has been written about leadership: rules, pointers, styles, and biographies of inspiring leaders
throughout world history. But there are certain leadership ideas that we ourselves fail to recognize
and realize in the course of reading books. Here is a short list of things you thought you knew about

Leaders come in different flavors.

There are different types of leaders and you will probably encounter more than one type in your
lifetime. Formal leaders are those we elect into positions or offices such as the senators,
congressmen, and presidents of the local clubs. Informal leaders or those we look up to by virtue of
their wisdom and experience such as in the case of the elders of a tribe, or our grandparents; or by
virtue of their expertise and contribution on a given field such as Albert Einstein in the field of
Theoretical Physics and Leonardo da Vinci in the field of the Arts. Both formal and informal leaders
practice a combination of leadership styles.
·Lewin’s three basic leadership styles – authoritative, participative, and delegative
·Likert’s four leadership styles – exploitive authoritative, benevolent authoritative, consultative,
and participative
·Goleman’s six emotional leadership styles - visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic,
pacesetting, and commanding.

Lets start LEADING

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