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Finding yourself in a leadership role can sometimes prove to be difficult. One of the main reasons is that not all leaders are able to discern which leadership style best fits not just with them but with their team as well. Are you a coercive leader? Perhaps an affiliative leader? Which leadership style best fits your personality and still gets the job done? To know the answer to that question, you’ll first need to know what type of leadership styles there are.

A coercive leader is one that demands immediate compliance. The word demand may ring as negative but, in this case, it simply means that timelines and results are important to you as a leader. An authoritative leader is a leader that helps lead its team towards a vision. These leaders have a specific vision and can guide their team towards that vision by sharing the vision with them. An affiliative leader builds relationships with their team to motivate them towards a common goal. Democratic leaders include their team in decision-making situations to get a general understanding of the team’s feelings and using that consensus to making final decisions. Pace setting leaders are focused on results and ensure that the team meets those results efficiently and effectively. Finally, coaching leaders support their team and attempt to grow their team from within by challenging them.

Though there are different areas of leadership styles, these styles are easily mixed to best fit the leader’s personality and the success of the team. Most people believe that they have to already be in a position of leadership to begin developing their style. This is something that should be formed and worked on well before you’re in a leadership position. You can begin by figuring out which values are the most important to you in your professional life. Live those daily values so that when you do find yourself in a position of leadership, you can easily figure what style best fits you.

As mentioned earlier, these styles are easily mixed. In order to know which style is the best fit, you have to remember that you will have to adapt to the situation you’re in. If you find that you’re a leader of a new team that hasn’t worked together before, you may want to attempt to be more of a democratic leader and learn what’s important to your team before you set your team goals. It’s important that you also allow your team to have some freedom to explore who they are as a team, give them the opportunity to succeed, or even the opportunity to fail at something. This helps form closer bonds for your team and make your team truly successful.

No matter your position within any given industry, developing a leadership style even before being in a leadership position is extremely beneficial. You’re able to put yourself in the best possible position to make a smooth transition to leadership if that is one of your career goals or it can help you discover attributes about yourself as a team member.