Although you might be familiar with various leadership or management styles, you still probably favor one over all the others. However, you might not realize that every management style plays a role in achieving what you want to accomplish, and that they can all be incorporated into leading your business to success.

There are several common methods for managing others, but we will focus predominantly on six types of management styles that you should know about. Not every management style will work in every situation. The key is to understand when each management style can be used most effectively and in what situation. Once you understand what tools will work and utilize the correct management techniques, you will be able to improve your relationships with your employees and with your customers.

Authoritative: Focusing On the Goal

The authoritative management style is goal-oriented and focused on the big picture. Authority figures are quite often visionaries that draw people to them. The drawbacks are that the authoritative style often loses the small details or sacrifices them for the big goal. This management style is good when your company is just getting started, or it needs a new vision to keep going.

Directive: Needs Immediate Attention

You will recognize the directive or coercive management style by its “I need it done now!” approach. Much like a demanding child, this overbearing management style has a tendency to lose perspective, placing everything as a top priority. However, used sparingly, this kind of domineering influence is just what you need for immediate action.

Pacesetter: Going for the Gold

The pacesetter in any company knows what the goals are, understands what he or she needs to do to meet those goals, and has set the pace that everyone else follows. The pacesetter expects everyone to follow him or her to reach agreed-upon goals. This management style is good when the goal has been already set and the team is motivated to reach it. However, don’t use it too extensively or you’ll risk team burnout.

Affiliative: Wants to Reach a Compromise

The affiliative leader wants to be your friend. The affiliative management style seeks compromise in all situations. It works best in delicate situations calling for a diplomatic approach, such as negotiating with a highly volatile employee or client. Unfortunately, in some situations compromise is not possible or feasible.

Coaching: I Got Your Back

The coaching management style is also known as the mentoring style. This style is often used to train others to do various tasks. The personality reflected in this management style is a persistent individual who never gives up. It’s most effective when training new team members, but it backfires when employees are unwilling to learn or want to continue with old processes.

Democratic: Everyone’s Opinion Matters

Good managers know that sometimes they have to give employees a reason to participate and an avenue to express grievances. In this management style, leaders solicit feedback from the employees to improve services. This works when the leader needs fresh ideas and has the time to weigh them. It doesn’t work when a quick decision has to be made.

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