“Leadership styles consist of the behavior pattern of a person who attempts to influence others. It includes both directive (task) behaviors and supportive (relationship) behaviors.” (Northouse, P. 2010, 91). The task of the directive leader is to delegate direction within the group. The central part in which the task is to be completed is by speaking, acting and communicating the needs as to when, where, how, why, thus by taking on the leadership role as the organizations representative.
The goal of the supportive is to provide support for the team/unit by being there when the team needs help in organizing thought, help in detailing directional goals, or being a sounding board. This person is usually positive in thoughts and in deeds. The primary function for the supportive leader is to insure communication is running smoothly in order to maintain the firm’s constant positive flow.
It is good if one can adapt to both different environments. People always prefer one style over the other and that is good, however try too adapt to both, because one never knows when one had to take the front seat. “The true leader must submerge himself in the fountain of the people.” (Hughes, 2009, 153).
Northouse, P. (2010). Leadership theory and practice (5th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications
Hughes, R.L. & Ginnett, R.C. & Curphy, G.J. (2009). Leadership: Enhancing the lessons of experience (6th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Irwin