The types of leaderships
By: Parker Adzema
Authoritarian leaders use power to control their people. They do not involve their followers in decisions. Pros: Authoritarian leaders make decisions faster and without arguing. Authoritarian leaders are often feared which means followers are more likely to listen.
Cons: Followers may be unhappy with not being able to make decisions in a group and eventually may start ignoring the leader. A good example of this is Adolf Hitler.
Legitimate power is given to a person because of their position or title. Pros: This can often ensure that the leader is educated about a topic. Cons: Sometimes just because someone has an important position doesn't mean that they are well educated about it. Ex: The president often has a recent government position before they become president.
Reward power is when a leader is gives rewards to their followers for good work. Pros: this motivates followers to get more done. Cons: Followers may leave the leader if he/she fails to give a reward.
Coercive power is used by leaders that punish those who do not comply. Pros: People will learn from mistakes they make. People will work more affectively if they know they might be punished. Cons: Followers will be VERY unhappy. A good example of this is Stalin.
Expert power is held by someone who knows the most about the work that needs to be done. Pros: A leader with experience is more likely to get quality work done with their group. Cons: Just because a leader is informed about their work doesn't mean they have necessary leadership skills. A good example of this is the dentists who recommend a product in toothpaste commercials.