Infographic: The best leadership styles to motivate staff

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An infographic making the rounds online looks at the various leadership approaches and how each outlook motivates employees.

More than 4,000 executives were analyzed to identify six defining characteristics of leadership styles, based on results from emotional intelligence tests.

As the consultants at Business Management Degree point out, these are the top performing leadership styles:

Authoritative leaders
Description: mobilize people toward a vision
Phrase: “Come with me.”
Best at promoting: Rewards
Worst at promoting: Responsibility

Affiliative leaders
Description: create emotional bonds and harmony
Phrase: “People come first.”
Best at promoting: Rewards
Worst at promoting: Responsibility

Democratic leaders
Description:build consensus through participation
Phrase: “What do you think?”
Best at promoting: Rewards
Worst at promoting: Standards

Coaching leaders
Description:develop people for the future
Phrase: “Try this.”
Best at promoting: Rewards
Worst at promoting: Responsibility

See the full infographic below:

How to Motivate Employees

Photo via Flickr Creative Commmons

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