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Leadership is a major driver for a company’s growth and success. The proactive leader knows and uses all types of leadership styles to find an approach to each employee and motivate them to achieve the highest goals.

In this article, we highlighted types of leadership styles that are helpful for HR specialists. You can also check your leadership skills with our checklist. 

Six Efficient Types of Leadership Styles

Leadership styles are guidelines on how to:

  • support the team, 
  • assess their work, 
  • implement new plans, etc. 

Types of leadership styles are based on different personalities and include a wide range of methods to achieve specific goals. Let’s see how they differ. 

Transactional leadership style

Transactional leadership implies ‘give and take’ management, where leaders provide employees with clear requirements and standards. If the requirements are met, employees receive rewards, if not – penalties. 

This type of leadership style suits best for large teams that do repetitive tasks and have defined goals. Transactional HR leaders usually dedicate time to develop workplace policies, manage benefits and perks, and handle recruiting and onboarding processes.

Transformational leadership style

Transformational leadership aims to provide a sense of bonding amongst employees and increase loyalty to the company. Transformative leaders look at the teams from a broader perspective and leave employees room for creativity to encourage change. 

This approach is helpful when the company needs new ideas and innovative solutions. HR specialists can apply this type of leadership style to encourage professional and personal development among employees.

Servant leadership style

Servant leadership implies putting the employees’ needs at the forefront and giving them support at any stage of work. Servant leaders believe that satisfied employees are likely to achieve higher results and put their vision into the company’s development. 

Servant leaders ensure employees feel heard and understand their value for the company. 

A great servant leader has the authority among the employees and can guide them to the company’s goals from the bottom up.  

Democratic leadership style

Democratic leaders are interested in their subordinates’ opinions on key processes within a team or the company. They encourage employees to contribute to the decision-making process which promotes collaboration and trust among team members. 

Delegative leadership style

Delegative leadership style sometimes is called a zero leaderhip style. It means leaders set goals and give directions. They don’t check on the process but expect results. Such an approach encourages the development of self-management skills in subordinates. Employees receive more autonomy in organizing their routines and collaboration. They also learn to adhere to deadlines. 

Strategic leadership style

Strategic leaders are usually involved in developing and expanding the company’s mission, vision, and values. They motivate employees to contribute to the organization’s long-term success. 

Strategic HR specialists put their effor`t into streamlining efficient processes and reducing weak ones. They encourage employees to develop skills that support the company’s values and vision and build the company’s culture. 

Agility in leadership 

Every leader tends to one or two types of leadership styles depending on their experience and character. However, digital transformation, remote work, and new employee demand force leaders to find an agile way to motivate subordinates and achieve business goals. In times of constant change, modern leaders should learn how to integrate the best leadership practices from the different types of leadership styles. 

In the post-Covid era leaders should focus on providing communication, flexibility, and wellness for their employees. We believe combining democratic, transformational, and servant leadership styles will help leaders thrive through the crisis. 

Essential leadership skills for HR specialists: A checklist 

Being a leader is a great responsibility that requires a person to forget their own needs and focus on the needs of others. Since a lot of people look up to you, you might wonder if I’m a good enough leader and what exact types of leadership skills I should have. Use this checklist to assess your leadership skills and outline improvement prospects. 

HR leader skills checklist:

  • Understand social situations well, 
  • Can manage conflicts, 
  • Confident decision-maker,
  • Passionate and compelling, 
  • Accept changes well,
  • Good listener and speaker, 
  • Can manage their emotions, 
  • Open-minded and accepting, 
  • Managing yourself. 

Put a checkmark next to a skill you have and analyze unchecked ones. You can always improve your leadership competencies to achieve more outcomes at your work. If you think this checklist is not enough to assess leadership skills or you want more detailed feedback, check the HRforecast’s list of tests and tools for leadership skill assessment.

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