We spend a lot of time being an arm chair quarterback to every boss we have had, but how many of us have took the time to look in the mirror and ask the question what kind of leader am I? I have always looked at every leader that I have had and took certain thing from each of them. Good or Bad my arsenal if full of things I wouldn’t do as well as advice and mentoring from the good leaders that I have had. Early on I realized you couldn’t have the same leadership style with everyone. I believe in the path and goal theory from House and Mitchell that leaders need to use a leadership style that best fits the needs of the followers and the work they do ( Northouse, p. 120). After I got out of the military I worked in corrections and I learned quick my leadership styles couldn’t be the same. Even though the correctional facility was military based you had different people you were around. Now some might say the inmates aren’t employees and none of this would come into play but in reality it does. Being a mentor is part of being a leader. If I had a Soldier who was upset and an inmate who was upset I would approach them in two different ways. The inmate might have nothing to lose and not like the approach I used on him that I used on my Soldiers back in the day. So whether you’re a boss over hundreds of people or an employee under a few people you still have certain types of leadership styles you can own. It’s up to you to decide what kind of leader you want to be.
Northouse, P. G. (2018). Leadership: theory and practice (8th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.