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Which leadership style are you?
Which theory or description of leadership style (servant, democratic, charismatic, transformational, situational, etc.) best describes you?

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My style is "democratic". This style of leadership includes the team in the decision making.
1 reply by John Rice
Apr 12, 2017 12:09 AM
John Rice
Has there been a time when Democratic style did not work for you? How did you handle it? What could have you done different?
Situational. But I also recognize to be democratic in some cases.
1 reply by John Rice
Apr 12, 2017 12:10 AM
John Rice
Would Autocratic work for you in some cases? why/why not?
This is a really good one, my answer; "it depends" on the situation i find myself in.

My all-time favorite is to be charismatic or transformational leadership style, i love being able to help everyone connect the dots. The "oh" moment when they finally get it, what we are doing, why we are doing it and what their contributions to the success entails. It makes everyone excited to be part of the project.

I find the democratic leadership style to be very trying and Lord have mercy, very exhausting atimes, having managed projects where getting a consensus on weekly meetings was almost impossible. You can imagine dealing with stakeholders in that organization. I love for everyone to have a say and voice but people who join in because it is open to everyone task my patience!
1 reply by John Rice
Apr 12, 2017 12:13 AM
John Rice
Could Democratic work in the forming stages of team development and project planning, then transition into Charismatic style while executing and Situational when you are M/C the project?
It depends on who I'm working with, if its concerning my team members - directive if they are working on new tasks (thing they have never done) and coaching for the higher performing team members. Leadership style with the customer - tends to be more situational and directive.
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Apr 12, 2017 12:15 AM
John Rice
also team members expertise plays a part in how you lead them, yes?
Apr 11, 2017 5:32 AM
Replying to S Rajasekar
Situational - I think one style wont work as need to we wear different hats based on the situation.
S Rajasekar,
What is important to understand about situational leadership is emotional intelligence, or another way to put it is know yourself and others around you. Situational leadership is great when the leadership is in tune with his/her emotions and those of others.
Apr 11, 2017 7:18 AM
Replying to Markus Kopko, PMP
Hi John,

i do describe myself as "situational" cause i do decide how to act depending on the given situation and depending on the people who are involved in this given situation.
I was not aware of this formal definition of "situational management", but as a long time experienced manager i do know about the different management styles and how to apply them in the given situation.
Most important from my perspective is, that you has to be hones and authentic and respectful of course.
Mostly this will be recognized and honored by the affected parties.


I see situational leadership much like having different children. You love them all, but you show your love differently based on their needs.
I enjoy any discussion on leadership and team building, because it is fluid and not rigid.
Apr 11, 2017 7:25 AM
Replying to Aejaz Shaikh
Situational !!!
How so?
Apr 11, 2017 7:28 AM
Replying to Dr. Sylvain Gagné
Two answers:
As a PM - Situational and here is why... every one has its own motivations, personality, experience, culture...etc therefore each person respond differently to the leader style. A good leader knows his/her team and stakeholders and adapt the style to be most effective in influencing them.

As a professor - transformational for obvious reasons...
As a PM, why transformational does not work?
Apr 11, 2017 10:53 AM
Replying to Andy Willums
Autocratic, what's up with this question about my style? ; )

Lots of models and terms out there, but for me, like Blake and Mouton, this tends to boil down to balancing between mission and people as the situation dictates. At rest and all other things being equal, I tend to be more of a playing coach seeking input and review from the team. I prefer open and honest communication, challenging individuals to grow, and matching work member's strengths/weaknesses when possible.

However, depending on organizational goals or an individual's performance and/or behavior, I can adjust my style as necessary.
Honest answer... you said adjust meaning you do not change your core style.

The 1st Infantry Division motto is "No mission too difficult, no sacrifice too great, duty first" sounds incredible for military operations, but it is devastating for projects, why?
Apr 11, 2017 11:01 AM
Replying to Julia Cunningham
Situational. All the management theories address flexibility, including social styles which teaches you to evaluate and adapt to the style the (message) receiver needs.
For a situational leader, you have to know yourself and others around, meaning you operate with Emotion Intelligence. How do you read the situation accurately in order to define the problem to produce a solution?
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