They say, “leadership is not a set of characteristics, it is not a charisma, it is not a position, it is not a role It is about those who lead”(9). I somewhat agree with the aforementioned statement, however I think that man does not become a successful leader only because of a certain set on personal qualities. To my mind the manager’s performance is determined mostly by the way he behaves with his subordinates. Just as each snowflake has its own unique pattern, each leader has his own style. Depending on the situation a successful leader can firmly hold to one style, or combine different aspects from different styles, to make his own, unique manner of governance.
As for my leadership style, it cannot be described in one word, as I tend to combine different styles depending on the situation and on the group I am leading. Usually, it is a mix of democratic and transformational styles. During the work process I always try to achieve a high degree of powers decentralization. As an affect all of my subordinates and team members actively participate in decision-making processes, what consequently leads to a well-organized system of leader — subordinate communication. I'm always open for discussion, suggestions and advice. One has to remember that while developing our subordinates, and ourselves we develop the entire company. However very often I create tough conditions for my team, by setting complicated goals, as it develops the desire to improve their level of qualification and independence.
Having a good business sense and the ability to see what decision can positively impact the organization allows me to behave with confidence and instill confidence in the team members.
Also, it is worth mentioning that very often I act as an arsonist in my team. I almost never pay much attention to "what" and "how", the only principle I always follow is "why not." Conversion. Ideas. Being charming, adventurous and full of energy, I know how to inspire people. I used to ignore the details; as I thought that it is more important to write large-scale painting with broad strokes, to see the whole picture. At this point of my professional life I am starting to realize that details matter as well, therefore I am trying to broaden my scope of focusing.
They say that a good manager has to master different styles of management, as those leaders who can combine several styles can be flexible in all the problematic situations that might occur in the organization. I totally agree with that assertion, and always try to work on the improvement of my leadership style. I am trying to get to the point when I am able to skillfully use different management tools - different styles. For example in situations when team spirit needs to be raised in the team, I will use a friendly style of governance, but during crisis and dangerous situations when decisive actions are required, friendly style will be automatically switched off - and at that point my subordinates will face the authoritarian leader, who can not be disobeyed.
Management styles are usually determined by the subordinates themselves and by the sphere you are working at. Ideally, an effective manager must master a couple of leadership styles to be able to use them in different situations. It is a personal choice of every individual what kind of mix to apply. The main thing is to remember that the welfare of the organization depends not only on harmonious and productive work of staff but also by the professionalism of its manager.
Golthworthy, Ashley. Effective Leadership: Learn from the Animals. Dog Ear Publishing: 2010, n.d. Print.