6 leadership styles: Which is best for your team?

Strong managers and CEOs customize their leadership styles, finding the most appropriate technique for their team and situation. In their book “Primal Leadership,” authors Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis and Annie McKee describe six leadership styles that have different effects on the emotions and work output of the employees they manage. [Images: Thinkstock]

1. The Visionary Leader


The Visionary Leader guides people toward a shared vision, telling them where to go but not how to get there. He encourages, openly shares information, arming his team with knowledge to succeed. However, such a style may fail to motivate more experienced experts or peers. It is best suited when a new direction is needed. Expert Marian Iszatt White identified typical phrases which represent the six styles:

In a phrase: ‘Come with me.’

Impact on workplace: Powerful




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