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Leadership Style and a Culture of Ethics


Leadership means that a leader foregoes most of his needs while working for the masses. Leadership is something that may be tried on by each and every person who desires to be a leader. In order to become an effective leader, one must be prepared to give more than he/she is normally able to give. One must be prepared to go an extra mile so as to achieve certain goals and objectives of an organization or entity that he/she is leading. Leadership skills are applied to a particular situation, and they are not always the same; they do shift according to the situation one faces. This paper will discuss different types of leadership styles and how they are used.

Visionary type of leadership is applied when an organization is venturing towards a new path in delivery of new services that it offers. Coaching type of leadership is used when an organization wants management trainees to learn and be incorporated into the system by being tutored. Affiliative type of leadership requires individuals to work like a team. Democratic type of leadership is used when an organization's path is unclear. The leader incorporates all views he gets from his advisers or people who help him/her to govern. Examples of this type of leadership is evident in most democratic nations. In pacesetting type of leadership, the leader sets high goals that every employee must achieve. Pacesetting style has been found to be impracticable in most organizations. Commanding type of leadership is normally applied in the military in execution of its policies.

In transactional type of leadership it is all about accepting the duties that are assigned to employees by their leaders. Autocratic type of leadership is characterized by the leader being obeyed fully even if what he orders to be done is wrong either morally, culturally or by the supreme law of a certain land. This type of leadership often results in civil disobedience that destabilizes a nation/organization or an entity. In bureaucratic leadership style people in authority follow all rules and regulations that are laid down. There is no room for deviation. In charismatic type of leadership a leader mentors people who are in his/her team. A leader motivates people who are juniors by encouraging them that they can succeed in whatever engagement they are in. In laissez faire type of leadership employees are given an opportunity to set their own goals and decide on how to achieve their own targets.

Servant type of leadership is whereby a person is not formally recognized as a de-facto leader, but does it from his/her own will; this leader doesn't expect to be rewarded. There is neither preferable nor most effective type of leadership. This is because styles change according to the type of factors that are available in a certain type of work. Steve Jobs was able to exhibit all types of leadership; that is why he had led his company to great heights. Steve Jobs was an ethical leader, since he used to give lectures to students and business persons during conferences that his company organized. He was exhibiting the most important characteristic which every leader should possess, that is, flexibility. It is important to be liked, but results do matter as well, as it is evident from the legacy of Steve Jobs. He was loved by many, and he was also delivering good results for his company. Personally, I am a Rejector, since I believe in flexibility which reflects qualities and features of all types of leadership.

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