By Vernalee

Good Morning!
I am feeling tremendously inspired these days.
I feel really blessed to enjoy what I do. I love the tasks, the people, and the environment.
I don’t even feel like I’m working at all.
Silly me!
Am I leading, managing, or just having fun?
I haven’t defined my actions.
However, let’s see what the experts say.
Some folks don’t desire leadership roles.
Why add the additional pressure?
But for those leaders out there, this one’s for you.
Though we use the terms interchangeably, one of the top masters of the game, Peter Drucker, defines management and leadership this way. “Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things.”
With that said, the question becomes – what type of leader are you?
According to several experts, leaders are classified like so:
1)“The pacesetting leader expects and models excellence and self-direction. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do as I do, now.”
2)The authoritative leader mobilizes the team toward a common vision and focuses on end goals, leaving the means up to each individual. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Come with me.”
3)The affiliative leader works to create emotional bonds that bring a feeling of bonding and belonging to the organization. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “People come first.”
4)The coaching leader develops people for the future. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Try this.”
5)The coercive leader demands immediate compliance. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “Do what I tell you.”
6)The democratic leader builds consensus through participation. If this style were summed up in one phrase, it would be “What do you think?”
Management experts like to label the same things differently. So much for the nomenclature, it’s the outcome that counts; agreed?
All right, let’s look at another similar classification of leadership styles to bring the point home.
Here we go:
1) “Laissez-Faire
A laissez-faire leader lacks direct supervision of employees and fails to provide regular feedback to those under his supervision.
2) Autocratic
The autocratic leadership style allows managers to make decisions alone without the input of others. Managers possess total authority and impose their will on employees.
3) Participative
Often called the democratic leadership style, participative leadership values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader.
Managers using the transactional leadership style receive certain tasks to perform and provide rewards or punishments to team members based on performance results. Managers and team members set predetermined goals together, and employees agree to follow the direction and leadership of the manager to accomplish those goals. The manager possesses power to review results and train or correct employees when team members fail to meet goals. Employees receive rewards, such as bonuses, when they accomplish goals.
5) Transformational
The transformational leadership style depends on high levels of communication from management to meet goals. Leaders focus on the big picture within an organization and delegate smaller tasks to the team to accomplish goals.”
Back to me; the original question – that is.
Here lately these days, my passion lies in empowering others; in finding growth and opportunities for them personally, professionally, and to some extent, spiritually.
I consider myself an “old fashioned” motivator with a southern streak.
Maybe, that’s leading; maybe not.
I’ll say, you should follow the leader; whoever that may be.
I’ll help you … to follow the dollar!
Both paths should take you where you need to go!
Let’s go to work!
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