The Leaders in You

Be it you want to excel in an organisation or in your business, leadership is very crucial. Many people choose to not excel and remain ordinary mostly because they think that they are not a natural leader. They don’t know how to lead. I was in this position before.

Recently I learnt from Toastmasters about understanding leadership styles. In the learning process, I discovered that everyone can be a great leader because the leadership skills can be practised by taking specific actions.

Generally there are 8 leadership styles that I have learnt:

  1. Bureaucratic (establishes and enforces rules)
  2. Authoritative (Focuses on end-goals)
  3. Innovative (pursues the excellence)
  4. Pacesetting (focuses on productivity)
  5. Democratic (relies on consensus decision making)
  6. Affiliative (emphasises teamwork and harmony)
  7. Coaching (concentrates on preparing individuals for the future by building skills)
  8. Altruistic (personalises approaches to meet individualised need of the team)

There are distinctive actions that differentiate the various leadership styles:


  • taking charge in order to get things done
  • Organise and monitor tasks closely
  • Follow policy and procedures closely
  • Absolute decision

  • clear communicate expectation to the team
  • Knowledgable compare to members
  • Articulate the path of success and vision
  • Take full responsibility of team’s actions

  • Promote innovation and new ideas
  • Flexible time and quality oriented
  • Promote unconventional thinking
  • Comfortable in exploring something new

  • setting high standard and expectation
  • Expect people to perform regardless of situation
  • Get things done effectively rather than perfectly
  • Lead by examples

  • Ask consensus before making decision
  • Allow others to take charge occasionally
  • Provide opportunity for decision making
  • Listen to and respect every member

  • Maintaining team harmony and relationship
  • Assist to resolve conflict
  • Care about the members’ emotional needs
  • Make the members happy

  • Promote and support the success of others
  • Give motivational feedback
  • Take time to learn what others need
  • Invest time to develop

  • giving priority attention to the needs of the team
  • Committed to build a community
  • Recognise the uniqueness of different people
  • Create, promote and empower positive culture

You can always learn to build the leaders inside you by taking specific actions. Based on your organisation or projects requirement, you can adopt different leadership style under different circumstances.

Being a leader is not by the name, it’s by the actions you take. 


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