September 16, 2013
All leadership styles have a specific time and place, and no particular style is better than the next. Success or failure is determined depending on how a leader will use each style. Leadership styles will vary from person to person. For this reason it is extremely important for any manager to know and understand their leadership style and how his or her leadership style will affect his or her workplace. Leadership is influenced by different variables, and understanding the influences of a particular leadership style will help an individual become a better leader. There are many factors that come into play when a particular leadership style is developed within an individual. The main leadership styles are charismatic, transformational, authentic, and servant.
Authentic leaders know what they believe in and value, and know who they are. These leaders will act on those values and beliefs openly and candidly, and their followers consider them to be ethical individuals (Yukl, 2013). The main quality concerning authentic leaders is trust. Authentic leaders share information with his or her employees, encourage open communication, and will stick to his or her ideas (Yukl, 2013). For these reasons an authentic leader's employees will have faith in him or her.
I consider myself to be an authentic leader and admire S. Truett Cathy, founder of Chick-fil-A for his same form of leadership style. "Cathy built his life and business based on hard work, humility, and biblical principles. Based on these principles, all of Chick-fil-A's restaurants operate with a 'Closed-on-Sunday' policy, without exception" (Chick-fil-A, 2013).
Influence is listed as the most common characteristic of a good leader. Leadership is definitely more than influence. An authentic leader must have insight, this insight will give a leader the ability to look at complex situations, gain clarity,...