While the transformation leadership approach works really well, there is no single, perfect way to lead or manage that is going to work well in every situation. Situational leaders handle every situation as it arises and usually never use the same method twice. To choose the most effective approach for you, you have to first think of these things:
• The skills and experience of each employee.
What do your people bring to the table? You’re going to have loads of experience in some areas, but other areas are going to be practically uncovered. Some people will thrive in certain situations, while others will need more guidance. You will need to choose the style of leadership that enhances and complements these skill sets.
• The work that will be involved.
If your work varies from day to day based on the projects you are handling, you may find that juggle multiple leadership styles in a frequent rotation. Most work requires the same sorts of tasks on a daily basis, but you may find that one leadership style works best for a certain aspect of that work while another style is better suited to another aspect.
• The areas of organization (such as in a recession).
• You own natural or instinctive style.
You can’t deny what you’re good at or what comes naturally to you, and you shouldn’t necessarily try. There are some drawbacks to every leadership style, but being honest about them gives you the opportunity evaluate them in your own professional life. If you find, for example, that you are an autocratic leader, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you are leading “incorrectly.” What you’ll want to do is spend some time asking yourself if it might be appropriate to incorporate some of the other leadership styles into your natural style. Perhaps for your work environment, it isn’t.
But if it is, and you can see a way to get rid of any negative reactions your employees may have had to your autocratic style, then this is a chance for you to grow as a leader and make a real difference in your company.