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Assess your leadership style now.

When we lead for the first time, we might adopt a style of leadership that we've experienced from someone else, or that we've heard or read about. If it seems to work, we'll likely stick with it – in effect, it becomes "our" style.

Kurt Lewin's Three Core
Leadership Styles 

Great leaders can inspire political movements and social change. They can also motivate others to perform, create, and innovate. As you start to consider some of the people who you think of as great leaders, you can immediately see that there are often vast differences in how each person leads. Kurt Lewin, a psychologist, led a research team in 1939 and identified what he called three 'styles ' of leadership behaviour in an article in the Journal of Social Psychology.

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Autocratic (Authoritarian) Leadership

Autocratic leadership is where leaders have complete power over their people. The leader makes all of the decisions and the followers are expected to follow orders and to execute without question.

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Democratic (Participative) Leadership

Democratic (or participative) leadership is where the leader involves followers in the decision making process. Often the leader may still make the final decision but input from group members is encouraged in order to reach a decision.

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Laissez-faire (Delegative) leadership

This style should only be used with highly skilled and highly motivated employees that are capable of planning, making decisions, solving problems and getting the job done without management intervention.

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MBTI– the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator

A foundation for life-long personal development

The MBTI® assessment is a psychometric tool that gives you insight into what makes you you. By developing a clearer sense of self-awareness and awareness of others, you’re able to better frame decisions, reduce miscommunication, and understand personal needs more effectively. And that’s a good skill to have.

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