Leadership style is the method or manner of directing, motivating and implementing plans. In most cases, there are three types of leadership: authoritarian or autocratic, delegative or free reign and participative or democratic. Usually, I employ all the three leadership styles, but participative is the most that I like. This is the method that I incorporate the employees in decision-making.
I usually employee the authoritative method when working with a new employee, and the employee is learning the requirements of the new job. This means that I become a coach in advising the new employee. This will make the employee motivated to learn new skills that are required from the job. Hence, it is a new environment for the new employee. Through my supervision will be able to understand the employee and know what the employee is good at and what motivates him.
Among the workers who know their responsibilities and requirements, I employee participative style. This means that I understand and have a knowledge concerning the problem, but I do not have all the information that is required. This draws the employees into being team members in solving a problem or an issue.
I employee delegative style when I am dealing with a team or employee. There are duties that require certain expertise, which requires the employee to work on it. Consequently, a situation may require me to be in other places, hence calls for the duties to be accomplished by the other parties.
The leadership style that will be employed will also depend on certain factors such as availability of time, nature of relations ships – respect or disrespect, internal conflicts, ownership of information, qualification of the employees, stress levels, policies and laws and the type of task in question. These factors will help in choosing the appropriate leadership style to be used.
Leadership style usually influences the level of motivation. Nevertheless, an employee motivation is influenced by the changing ambitions and the level of socialization that the employee has with the leader. Such issues like command and control leadership demoralizes motive of a worker, while the worker responsibility increases the level of motivation.
Motivation of a person is a combination of energy and desire to achieve certain goal. While influencing someone’s’ motive is motivating someone to accomplish what I require or required to be done. In most cases, motivation depends on two cases: strength of certain needs and perception in accomplishing the need.
There is no single way that can boost motivation, there are a variety that are interests, values, fear, beliefs, and worthy causes. Such motivation strategies can further be grouped into internal and external. Internal forces that drive motivation include interests, needs and beliefs while external forces include pressure from external forces, danger and the environment (Kenneth 2004, pp. 35).
During different leadership styles, I employ different motivation styles. In a delegative style, the workers and employees are either self motivated or team motivated because of the creativity that they will derive at the end of the day. This means that I give them opportunity to decide how an issue can be solved, and I wait for results.
In a mixed style (authoritative, delegative and participative style all are employed), the workers are motivated by goal or aim, reward and recognition. This method of motivation is the most frequently used and has great benefits. A worker who is goal motivated wants to prove that, that level of work, he or she can accomplish easily. This, the employee does so that he may get promotion or certain standards that he wants. Reward motivated employee is after materialist thing if it is available. Issues such as bonus, trips or privileges make the worker to be motivated and ensure that his accomplishment is good. While, there are those workers who have to fulfill certain duty to be seen by the social community. If they know that, certain responsibility makes them to be seen by society or appreciated; they are motivated to continue the same thing or improve to obtain the social quo (Peter 2003, pp. 47).
There are different types of leadership styles that call on different responsibility. From authoritative sometimes-called command-control to the delegative, have different benefits. Some are suitable to be applied to first timers while other is appropriate for the expert or informed workers.
Motivation is pillar to any success when employees are involved. They have to be motivated differently depending to what the desires and needs want. Different workers require different ways to be motivated; hence, the workers should be understood before any strategy to motivate them is brought into play.
Kenneth, V. (2004). Business Management. London: Cambridge University Publishers, pp. 34 – 37
Peter, L. (2003). Leadership Styles. New York: Prentice Hall Publishers, pp. 45 – 60
Margaret, F. (2000). Organization Management Skills. New York: McGraw Hill Publishers, pp. 121 – 125