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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Boosting Employee Performance by Susan Shelly, Marc Dorio

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Basic Leadership Styles and When to Use Them

It’s important to understand that one leadership style is not better or worse than another, although one will work better or worse than another in a particular situation and with a particular worker or group. The critical issue is to be familiar enough with all four styles so you can switch from one to another when necessary.
Let’s look at each style so you can hear what it sounds like, when it’s generally effective to use, and when it’s the wrong way to go.

Directing

The directing style of leadership does just what the name implies: it provides direction. It sounds like, “This is how it needs to be done,” and it’s a very effective style in some cases.
The directing style works with new or inexperienced ...

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