Essay about Understand Leadership Styles

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1.1 Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in workplace situations

The traditional concept of a leader, as being the directing chief at the top of a hierarchy, is now considered to be inadequate to truly lead a modern organisation. Leadership is concerned with people and so anyone, and indeed everybody, has the potential to demonstrate leadership qualities and behaviours.

Factors that can influence an individual’s choice of leadership in any given situation are many and varied. An individual is likely to have a primary leadership style which they are most comfortable with using. Often the primary leadership style is that which most suits their innate personality traits. For example,
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The desired outcome is to increase the level of skills the individual has and to maintain their level of commitment.

However, if you apply a supporting style of leadership i.e. praising, listening and facilitating then they may feel as if their leader is inappropriate in their feedback (for example, praising all the time without providing any constructive advice) and that the individual’s development is not important to the leader. If the individual starts their career highly motivated, and perhaps on the potential of career development, etc, then they are unlikely to be having their personal needs met and commitment is likely to drop quite rapidly.

As the individual or team gain skills and experience then it follows that the leader is less likely to be needed in a teaching capacity, however the leader will need to still be heavily involved in directing the team or individual and in supporting them. If the leader continues to teach the individual then that person is likely to feel as if the leader does not recognise the skills they already have gained and/or may potentially feel as if they are not trusted by the leader, which can be very dissatisfying.

If the individual or team has yet more skills but shows moderate or variable commitment it is likely that they