How leaders Inspire Others

Forms of Leadership

Transformational leaders: expect that an organization's people must change, even when there is high discomfort

Laissez-faire leaders: depend heavily on individuals working together toward organizational goals.

Democratic leaders: tend to distribute power among the group

Innovative leader: brings new ideas and ways of reaching goals to an organization. Leaders with this style have a tendency to trust others to lead and do their jobs.

Charismatic leaders: exert their influence through their personality. This style inspires and motivates others.

Situational leaders: respond to the organization's perceived readiness. They are directive as well as supportive, and their style changes as the organization changes.

Having the Ability to Work With Others

As Edgar Schein (1992) put it, "Cultural understanding is desirable for all of us, but it is essential to leaders if they are to lead"

research suggests that school leaders who are culturally responsive can positively influence not only their school climate but also student academic achievement.

(Banks & McGee-Banks, 2004; Gurin, Dey, Hurtado, & Gurin, 2002; Johnson, 2003, 2006; Juettner, 2003; Ladson-Billings, 1995; Riehl, 2000; Skrla, Scheurich, Garcia, & Nolly, 2006a, 2006b).

Finding Your Own Style

True leadership is being true to your strengths and understanding your weakness, Listed above are some different forms of leadership. Being able to adapt is essential; leaderships causes us at times to act in the manner of all the leadership styles listed above. Every scenario calls for a different form of leadership knowing when to use it is the true test.