One of the most important things for any business is strong leadership. Good leaders are the difference between effectively executed advertising plans and poorly executed plans. No matter the style you prefer, it is unavoidable to realize leadership is important.
If you feel like your business is not doing as well as it could be, perhaps it is time to consider your leadership style and what it means for your business and advertising plan. Each leadership style has its pros and cons, and the best leadership style depends on many things from your business to your personality to your goals.
There are five main types of leaders. The first is the managerial leader. This leader is given their power solely because of a position of authority. These leaders tend to have the least influence as people are simply listening because they have to, not because they want to. While this style is effective in larger organizations with a strict hierarchy, the biggest weakness of this leadership style is that there is a lack of connection with the people being led.
On the other side of things, there is the relational leader. This leader focuses on building relationships with people. This enables them to lead and influence people through mutual respect and trust. This leadership style is very effective, especially in small organizations. In advertising, using relational leadership is important to develop relationships with media organizations and with customers.
There is also the motivational leader who leads based upon their connection and drive to develop themselves and those around them. Similar to the motivational leader, there is the inspirational leader who works on inspiring others through their own self growth and development. Both leadership styles can be important when approaching a deadline. These leaders can help drive their employees to finalize marketing decisions and execute plans.
Finally, there is the transformational leader. This leadership style is actually one of the strongest and most effective styles. these leaders have a passion and feel called to help transform others. They share many of the qualities and aspects of relational and motivational and inspirational leaders. No matter the organization or the plan that needs to be executed, this leadership style can be great for turning an organization around.