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What are the different leadership styles?

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Created on 27 May 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 13 August 2010 by ncetm_administrator


What does it mean to lead?

You can read in-depth about the different leadership styles in Taking a Lead.

One way of classifying leadership can be found in Goleman’s Leadership Styles Theory Creating Resonance Daniel Goleman, Richard Boyatzis, Annie McKee (2002), where + and - refer to positive and negative impacts.

Record your thoughts in your Personal Learning Space. Reflect on which area of leadership you see as the most interesting and which you see as the most challenging.

Activity: Which leadership style do you use and when?
Leadership must be fit for purpose: think of a time when you would need to use each of the above styles.
For example:
  • Parents have parked outside the school on the double yellow lines causing a safety hazard for the children. Which style is most appropriate here?
  • A new style of report has been introduced for transfer to secondary school; the Head is very keen that comments from all classes are consistent. Last year it was noted that the mathematics statements were not consistent in style between classes. Which leadership style may be needed here in order to pay sufficient attention to detail?
Think of examples where the other styles would be appropriate.

Record your thoughts in your Personal Learning Space.

What type of leader do you want to be?

Make notes using your Personal Learning Space on your preferred leadership style.
Are there times when other styles are more appropriate? When are they? 
How does this impact on your leadership capabilities?
Reflect on the leadership styles of other members of the team. How do they impact on your style?




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