Daniel Goleman has an article in the autumn edition of the ‘Harvard Business Review’ titled ‘Leadership that gets results.’ Goleman discusses leadership styles shown to be effective from his work in the field of Emotional Intelligence. He argues that there are a range of six styles that effective leaders need to use depending on the situation.
I was trying to work out how two leaders I’ve worked for fit into Goleman’s analysis. Both ran sizeable business units. They had distinct styles; but different from the stereotype we have of an effective leader. They were highly analytical, taking time to get to grips with the finer points of complex reports or plans. They were more at home managing one-to-one or in small groups than presenting to large audiences. Both had an immense grasp of detail; although they could take an eternity to study the situation and decide a course of action. They had no fear of (and actually enjoyed) working alone. Both achieved outstanding results. Continue reading