Business leadership encompasses the art of guiding an organisation towards its goals by inspiring and influencing individuals. Lewin’s leadership styles, namely autocratic, democratic, transformational and laissez-faire, illustrate diverse approaches to leadership. Autocratic leaders make decisions independently, democratic leaders involve team input, and laissez-faire leaders offer autonomy.
The key distinction between management and leadership lies in their focus: management involves planning, organising, and controlling processes, while leadership involves inspiring and motivating people. Effective leaders strike a balance between these styles, adapting to situations, fostering collaboration, and driving innovation to ensure sustainable success.
What type of leader are you?
Take the quiz and then share your results with the class. There are 13 questions and an email will need to be provided to view results.
Note that this test is based on the styles of: Pragmatist, Idealist, The Steward, and the Diplomat. These roughly equate to the styles described by Kurt Lewin, though it’s important to read the descriptions on the website introduction page.