Leadership. It’s a term thrown around easily these days, especially at professional conferences and seminars. The walk that matches the talk? Well, that can be a little harder to come by.
That’s not surprising, really, when you consider how many different styles of leadership there are, and that even those are in some dispute because defining leadership can be a subjective function. It’s not for us to get into all that here; rather, it’s our intention to get you to think a bit about your own leadership identity, and how it can be strengthened to benefit your company, your customers, and the industry at large.
So, we’ve posted Webster’s dictionary definition as a place we can all agree upon to start the conversation.
Peter Economy, “The Leadership Guy” who blogs at Inc.com, enumerated his idea of the qualities today’s leadership embodies, in a recent article:
- Decisiveness – Ability to make decisions quickly and effectively
- Awareness – Tendency to grasp the larger situational picture without losing sight of important details
- Focus – Capacity for intense concentration on the job at hand without becoming distracted by issues of less importance
- Accountability – Willing and able to take responsibility for their actions
- Empathy – The ability to imagine themselves in someone else’s position
- Confidence – Believing strongly in their own abilities and accurate perceptions
- Optimism – Believing in the positive nature of the future; willing to believe the best about people and situations
- Honesty – Holding themselves to high standards of transparency and truth
- Inspiration – able to get the best out of people by spurring them to believe in their own value and ability to create positive change and get things done
Types of Leadership
There are several lists of leadership styles that have been identified, but all more or less agree on the main categories. We’re sharing this list, a combination of entries from Harvard Business Review research and a Mind Tools article. The links lead to more details about each type.
- Coercive: Leaders demand immediate compliance through threats.
- Authoritative: Leaders mobilize people toward a vision.
- Affiliative: Leaders create emotional bonds and harmony.
- Democratic: Leaders build consensus through participation.
- Pacesetting: Leaders expect excellence and self-direction.
- Coaching: Leaders take the long view, developing people for the future.
- Bureaucratic: Leaders focus on following every rule.
- Charismatic: Leaders inspire enthusiasm in their teams and are energetic in motivating others to move forward.
- Restorative: Leaders help their teams get things done by restoring broken relationships and connection among work communities.
- Servant: Leaders focus on meeting the needs of the team.
- Transactional: Leaders inspire by expecting the best from everyone and demanding it of themselves.
An Inward Glance
Take a look at your own leadership style. Is it the best kind for your company? Does it garner the kind of results you want, or is it possible that a different style might better serve the needs of your company, employees and customers? If so, what do you need to do to make that happen?
It’s never a bad idea to self-monitor your evolution as a business leader. Those who do so on a regular basis hold themselves accountable for outcomes, providing a visible and effective role model for emerging leaders in your organization.
Here at Sprayroq, we’ve always believed in this “iterate and optimize” approach to leadership: moving forward from where we are, checking in with ourselves often to make sure we’re headed in the right direction, and tweaking things as we go along to more closely align our efforts with our intentions.
Today, we’re proud to be leading the way in true structural, spray-applied asset rehabilitation technology. This has always been, and remains, our highest goal in the industry. We’re well aware that the only way we can continue to succeed in maintaining this goal is to keep providing you with the highest quality, objectively tested products and attentive, responsive service.
We’re committed to doing what it takes to retain your trust and confidence in Sprayroq…and we believe that by so maintaining our leadership in this way, we all benefit.