Leadership approaches for today’s employees

Leadership Approaches for Todays Employees Task Introduction Leadership is defined as managing, and controlling a group of people to achieve a common goal. A Leadership approach is a way of organizing and controlling people to achieve a common goal. This unit discusses the types of informal, modern leadership styles.
Today’s employees resist being controlled directed, or ordered. They demand a lighter touch, a more coaching and mentoring approach. They also want a voice. The situation is one that challenges the contemporary formal leadership styles and presents a platform for informal approaches to leadership (Adeniyi, 2007). Some of the forms of indirect leadership style styles are Charismatic, servant, task oriented and laissez faire.
Charismatic leadership is where leaders are extremely energetic in driving others forward (Daft & Lane, 2008). Employees that respond best to this leadership style are those that have had long-term commitments with the leader. An example is where the employer is the team leader of his employees in a project.
Servant leadership style involves leading simply by virtue of meeting the needs of the team (Daft & Lane, 2008). It is ideal with few employees in small organizations. An example is where the employer does part of the work before his employees.
Laizzes faire is where individuals do their tasks at their own pace and time. The style is ideal for employees in a less competitive environment. An example is where every employee and employers set the rules.
Task-oriented leadership style focuses only on getting the job done. Employees who are hands-on thrive with this leadership style. This, in turn, can help them identify areas for development that will help them get more involved (Egner, 2009). An example is where the employer gives out the rules.
The different aspects of leadership styles are charismatic, servant, laizzes faire and task oriented. Successful leadership requires incorporation of various leadership styles as management strategies.
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Daft, R. L., & Lane, P. G. (2008). The leadership experience. Mason, OH: Thomson/South-Western.
Egner, T. (2009). Behavioral Leadership – The Managerial Grid. München: GRIN Verlag GmbH.