Personal Leadership Style and Philosophy Thomas W. Crane EAD – 501 June 20, 2018
1 Personal Leadership Style and Philosophy The leader of any organization will determine whether that entity fails or succeeds based on their leadership style and philosophy. Leaders that promote a culture of honesty, value their followers, and are transparent and ethical foster success for their team. Leaders that micromanage, are dictatorial, and not principled will promote a culture of distrust and have miserable followers that are not loyal to them or the company. This will lead to a high turnover of staff and, at the very least, the failure of the leader, if not the organization. There are numerous leadership styles: transactional, transformational or charismatic, and servant (Northouse, 2013) , just to name a few. Each leadership style has pros and cons that come with it. For example, transactional leadership relies on a quid pro quo approach. This approach is the basis for most leader-follower interactions (Northouse, 2013, p. 186) . The positive aspect of the transactional approach is that the transactional leader tends to accomplish the set goals. The negative of the transactional leadership style is that this type of leader is not concerned with the growth of the follower. Their only motivation is self-interest. To accomplish this, the leader offers rewards such as promotions, extra days off, etc. Obviously, it is the in the follower’s best interest to help the leader reach their goals. Transactional leaders offer their employees negative feedback, negative reinforcement, and are on the lookout for the slightest mistake (Northouse, 2013, p. 195) . People working for transactional leaders are generally not loyal to that person or the organization and only succeed due to the rewards offered.
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