Types of Leadership Philosophies

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Business leaders often use various philosophies to motivate their employees. Which philosophy the leader chooses usually depends on what end effect they are trying to achieve in the workplace.

1 Enlightened Philsophy

One type of leadership philosophy is trying to change an organization by using the ideas of the people in the organization. This technique involves the business leader asking people to think about what they to wish to see happen, plan the steps and actions needed to make the plan a reality and carry their commitment to its fruition.

2 GroupThink

Some philosophies don't work as well as others. One of these lesser performing philosophies is known as the "groupthink." This type of leadership philosophy tends to be more about supporting the person who develops ideas rather than examining the ideas themselves. As a result, very bad ideas are often made into official policy.

3 Mission Statements

Some leaders choose to have their philosophy written out in the form of a mission statement, communicating their philosophy of what the organization aims to accomplish. The mission statement can describe what employees need to do to make the mission a reality. This statement is also used to show outsiders, such as customers or other businesses, what the business can produce for them or with them as partners.

4 Parts of the Picture

Analyzing the different viewpoints within an organization is another type of leadership philosophy. This approach is commonly referred to as "reframing." The process allows for alternate ideas coming from within the organization to be given a chance to be heard and considered.

5 System

The system philosophy is one in which the leader of the company analyzes how the organization itself works in an effort to improve it. This includes the interactions of people at the lowest levels of the company and how they get their work done as well as the people at the levels above them.

6 Financial Motivation

Motivation, either positive or negative, is another type of leadership philosophy. An example of negative motivation may be no raise at an annual or semiannual review if certain goals have not been met. In contrast, a positive motivation may be a bonus of some sort when goals have been met or surpassed.

7 For the Company

Some leaders try to encourage their employees to work harder for the good of the company. This philosophy tries to get employees encouraged about what they can do and what more they can accomplish if they try.

Jeanne Baird is a freelance writer with a decade of experience as a proofreader, editor and writer. She has been the associate editor for an engineering society handbook and a project manager for an independent publishing company. Baird also has edited business and entertainment news from several international newswires.