5 leadership styles during holiday season
Holidays are meant to give people meaning, hope, and something to look forward to. Some leaders focus on tasks to ensure targets are met, while other leaders focus on the person to ensure their employees wellbeing.
- Directive leaders have firm views about how and when things should be done with little regard for the holidays as an exception to that. As such they are less likely to allow their subordinates flexibility in relation to their deliverables during this time or any other time of the year.
- Negotiative leaders are inclined to “give and take” and they will attempt to arrive at mutually equitable arrangements with team members to motivate them to work in a particular way. The likely approach is to ensure team members can achieve their milestones while considering that they ought to be able to enjoy their time off.
- Consultative leaders value democratic group discussions and tend to encourage ideas and contributions from all team members while making it clear that the leader retains the authority to make the final decision.
- Delegative leaders generally tend to assign work rather than solicit active input from team members about how projects should be conducted while granting employees the freedom to schedule their own working hours and time off during the holidays.
- Participative leaders typical approach is to get the best out of a team as a whole. Hence, they encourage contributions from all team members and believe that by ensuring everyone’s input and effort in achieving consensus, the team will be productive and emotionally satisfied.
Different leadership styles each have their owns strengths though one thing remains certain, prioritizing the needs of your people over their tasks is the epitome of empathetic leadership which in itself can be interwoven with any leadership style. It’s the way you treat your employees during critical times that determines their engagement levels, their trust, their motivation, and your integrity as a leader.
“Take care of your employees and they’ll take care of your business” – Richard Branson
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