The leadership style that we exercise or observe in other people may also change in response to different challenges; although we may not notice these changes in the bigger picture. I was reflecting on the different theories that I learned
some time decades (!) ago and I found that the leadership styles have changed drastically through the ages. Then, I found this image that illustrates these changes clearly: http://visual.ly/leadership-through-ages
Needless to say that we constantly meet people who believe that the “Great Man” or the “Controller” are the only styles that work. For sure, we may feel more comfortable using a particular style, but that doesn’t mean that we’re effective. To have a real impact, we need to be at the intersection of the right style for us and our collaborators, the organizational culture and the environment. Why? because we’re not working in isolation.
The bigger our organization is, the more variables come in play. This new era is calling for Eco-leadership, a leader that can help the company to thrive in harmony with the environment. Are you ready for it?