The cost of driven team leadership styles
In Leadership Run Amok: The Destructive potential of Overachievers in the July 2006 Harvard Business Review the authors argue that by only focusing on tasks and goals, a leader can actually damage performance.
The authors interviewed 21 senior managers at IBM and concluded that leaders achieve the best results if they use a cocktail of leadership styles – each chosen for the particular circumstances at hand.
The key styles are:
- Directive – strong sometimes coercive
- Visionary – clarity and communications
- Affiliative – harmony and relationships
- Participative – collaborative and democratic
- Pacesetting – personal heroics
- Coaching – long-term development and mentoring
What is your dominant leadership style?
Do you just have one style or do you have access to a portfolio of styles you can draw on as the situation demands?
Bioteams Books Reviews
If you think that there is not much human teams can learn from nature think again! Temple Grandin in her amazing book Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior (p303-307) puts forward the incredible theory that early humans only became today’s successful homo sapiens because they learned to act and think like the wolves they co-habited with.