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Leadership: The Power of Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman

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LEADERS NEED MANY STYLES

 

Many studies, including this one, have shown that the more styles a leader exhibits, the better. Leaders who have mastered four or more – especially the authoritative, democratic, affiliative, and coaching styles – have the very best climate and business performance. And the most effective leaders switch flexibly among the leadership styles as needed. Although that may sound daunting, we’ve witnessed it more often than you might guess, at both large corporations and tiny start-ups, by seasoned veterans who could explain exactly how and why they lead and by entrepreneurs who claim to lead by gut alone.

Such leaders don’t mechanically match their style to fit a checklist of situations – they are far more fluid. They ...

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