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As an entrepreneurial leader, you’re responsible for motivating your team, making important decisions and setting an example that the rest of your employees can follow. But how should a leader be?
History portrays the “ideal” leader as someone who’s somewhat stoic, decisive and charismatic. But the truth is, there are many different styles of leadership that can be effective, depending on how and where they’re used. For example, some companies may benefit from a bold, outspoken and energetic leader, while others will benefit from a quieter, focused, calm leader.
This affords you some degree of flexibility while you’re growing into your new leadership position. There are, however, several styles of leadership that almost never work:
Every decision or action in the professional world falls somewhere on the spectrum of proactive and reactive. Proactive measures are those taken in advance of some expected result, such as warning a client that his or her shipment may be delayed.
Reactive measures are those taken as a reaction to something else that has occurred, such as apologizing to a client for a late shipment with a discount. Generally, however, proactive measures are better than reactive measures, because they prevent bad things from happening rather than simply trying to mitigate damage that’s already occurred.