There are three kinds of leadership:
- Leaders who command – they make decisions on behalf of the group and allow little or no discussion with group members. In times of trouble, this may be necessary but in other situations it is unlikely to encourage the group to grow in confidence and skills.
- Leaders who consult – these leaders encourage discussion about situations and goals and then make a decision on behalf of the group.
- Leaders who enable – they set certain limits but within these limits encourage and enable members to gain confidence in discussing and analysing their situation and in making their own decisions.
Can you identify examples of these kind of leadership styles. Which style would help your own situation?