There are many different styles of Leadership and it is important to examine and choose the best style to suit each individual situation. The Hersey-Blanchard Situational Leadership Theory, the Six Emotional Leadership Styles and Fiedler's Contingency Model are all frameworks that help you choose the best leadership style. In business, transformational leadership is often the best leadership style to use. However, no one style of leadership fits all situations, so it helps to have an understanding of other styles.

The main leadership styles include:

  • Autocratic leadership
  • Bureaucratic leadership
  • Charismatic leadership
  • Democratic/participative leadership
  • Laissez-faire leadership
  • Task-oriented leadership
  • People/relations-oriented leadership.
  • Servant leadership.
  • Transformational leadership

By learning about the pros and cons of each style, you can adapt your approach to your situation.

Leadership Qualities

View the Top Ten Leadership Qualities to find out more about and views shared by the most successful leaders.

Leadership Qualities Framework

The NHS Leadership Qualities Framework (LQF) is the preferred framework of the NHS Leadership Centre and sets the standard for senior leaders in all disciplines in the NHS. The Leadership Qualities Diagram sets out fifteen qualities possessed by effective leaders arranged in three groupings.

Personal Qualities – Self belief, Self Awareness, Self Management, Drive for Improvement, Personal Integrity 

Setting Direction – Seizing the Future, Intellectual Flexibility, Broad Scanning, Political Astuteness, Drive for Results 

Delivering the Service – Leading Change Through People, Holding to Account, Empowering Others, Effective and Strategic Influencing, Collaborative Working