According to the Investopedia Leadership is define as “
The ability of a company’s management to make sound decisions and inspire others to perform well. Effective leaders are able to set and achieve challenging goals, to take swift and decisive action even in difficult situations, to outperform their competition, to take calculated risks and to persevere in the face of failure. Strong communication skills, self-confidence, the ability to manage others and a willingness to embrace change also characterize good leaders.
Following are the different kinds of leadership styles.
1. The visionary leader type
Without hesitation, visionary leaders will call anyone to join in their vision. They speak about it, they write about it, and they are passionate about their vision. They are idealistic, bold in faith, and fully convinced that they only need to state their vision clearly and often enough in order to fulfil it. They cannot be easily discouraged or scared off, if you tell them that their vision is not feasible; that only adds fuel to the fire of their enthusiasm. They respond to opposition by standing on their hind legs and pronouncing their vision even louder. Put someone like this in front of a team and they will all plunge into his/her vision!
2. The directive leader type
A leader of the directive type is capable of weighing all the options. He can check the values of an organization, the tasks, the strengths, the weaknesses, the available means, the staff and the openness for change. A directive leader can steer a church or an area of service in the right direction with remarkable wisdom.
3. The strategic leader type
People with a gift of strategic leadership have the God-given ability to take a rousing vision and divide it into a list of consecutive attainable steps. This leadership gift makes it possible for an organization to achieve their pursued targets.
4. The managing leader type
The managing leader is thrilled by the thought of being able to bring order into chaos. He finds deep satisfaction in observing a process, changing intricacies and motivating team members on their way to success by setting milestones.
5. The motivating leader type
Leaders of the motivating type have the God-given ability to constantly cheering their colleagues on. They care if someone breaks down, and inspire those who need it the most in the right way. They sense when someone needs public recognition and know when a personal word of encouragement is enough.
6. The caring leader type
A caring leader type builds a team slowly, feels a deep affection for his colleagues, encourages gently, supports them constantly, listens to them patiently, and prays for them diligently. These leadership personalities take their workers into such a deep experience of fellowship that will yield good will and energy to accomplish their tasks.
7. The team-orientated leader type
Aligning the right people with the right skills to do the right tasks is the strength of a team-orientated leader type.
8. The entrepreneurial leader type
If this leader can’t regularly create something new, then his energy level sinks. When something finally starts working and stable management is required, or it becomes complicated and there are endless discussions about systems, or clear procedures are needed and he/she is being controlled, then most entrepreneurial leaders lose their enthusiasm, their orientation, and sometimes their self-confidence.
9. The restructuring leader type
These leaders are endowed by God to consider problematic situations as a positive challenge: a team that has lost its vision, a service in which people are in the wrong positions, an area of service in which progress is hindered by the lack of strategy. In all these circumstances, they can change the course. These people will say: “Today is my lucky day. I will give the chaos structure again.”
10. The bridge-building leader type
Bridge builders are equipped with an enormous flexibility. They are diplomats, they possess the supernatural ability to make compromises and negotiate. They can listen very well, understand and think outside the box. However, what is most important for bridge builders is the love of the challenge to be in contact with different groups of people.
As I have explained above the ten-leadership style among them my personal leadership style is bridge-building leadership, caring leadership and managing leadership but it is also depend on the situation too. I believe the best leader is that who accept and change things that is require. To live for others, to help others in difficult time and to be with the people whenever they need them.
My Favorite Leaders :
Prophet(PBUH) Leadership Style and Communication Skills.
Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) unique communication and leadership style led to the spread of Islam, not only within Arabia but also outside to the north, south, east, west and southwest of Arabia . As a leader during wartime or as a leader during peacetime, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) proved to master skillful techniques with which he accomplished his goals in delivering the message of Islam.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) communicative values of liberty, justice, modesty, and politeness were matched with practical deeds. The people saw this action of his and identified with. Prophet Muhammad’ (PBUH) skills as manifested in his speeches demonstrated to the eyes of all humankind that he was indeed a great leader worthy of note.
The messages of the Prophet (PBUH) as viewed and analyzed in this study have a multipurpose implications both for the Moslem world and the Western world. His skillful use of rhetoric demonstrated his commitment for meaningful competent communication for humankind in general. His speeches demonstrated that he sought to see all humankind from the lens of kindness, modesty, moderation, justice, liberty, gentility, generosity and love.
Regardless of religion and political affiliation, Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) use Islam as a channel to preach kindness. This study has shown through his manifold communicative talents that he tried to influence thoughts by advocating kindness in our dealings with one another. By indicating to his wife Aisha that she should love the poor, it was an indirect way to teach all humankind to share love and kindness regardless of a person’s economic background. This same implication in the speeches of the Prophet can be discerned in his notion of modesty.
The world today is far from modest. Political factions and all sorts of social and economic discrimination have segmented the human race. People now think more in terms of class. Modesty is exclusive to ‘members of the club’. If you do not belong you can neither be heard nor seen. Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) speeches on the need for modest behavior and his exemplary behavior seen throughout this study have a significant meaning to our lives. When he said that every religion must have some kind of meaningful character, he laid emphasis on the fact that Islam was a modest religion.
On the other hand, he was calling on all Islamic believers to question their conscience whether by following the belief system of Islam, they were practicing its basic tenets of modesty. He who is not has to examine his conscience and choose the rightful path and not be a hypocrite. This is how significant Mohammad’s message is to the world of today. This is what he intended to achieve in his message. Since modesty is akin to moderation, the Prophet’s (PBUH)communication themes also laid emphasis on it.
His speech about abstaining from extremism in the practice of Islam has a greater significance to our world of today. His intended his message about religious extremism to be upheld through out the lifespan of humankind. He was so emphatic about this issue because he believed that by practicing extreme Islamic rituals or ideals, the person or persons doing so would be following something else than Islam and that kind of attitude could send a different signal to his enemies. And the only way to show to potential followers of Islam that by practicing extreme Islam, they were not true followers of Allah, he said: “ Those people who went to extremes( in practicing their religion) were destroyed.” ( This therefore, shows in no ambiguous terms that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) condones extreme religious practices.
The findings on the Prophet’s (PBUH) values of moderation revealed that he placed a lot of weight on mannerism. Humankind has to match words with deeds. Believers were not to say one thing and do the other. When told by some of his followers that they will abstain from women and devote their entire energy to prayer, he responded by stating that he was married. This was like an indirect way to inform the speaker that there was no room for pretense. By choosing to abstain you open yourself to irresistible temptation. Getting married would therefore serve as the means to shun sin and other forms of temptation.
This is certainly the landmark of difference between Muhammad (PBUH) and other spiritual and secular leaders of his time and today. To begin with, some other spiritual leaders remained unmarried and by deciding to do so created a pattern for their followers to follow suit. But experience has shown that most of these followers could not faithfully follow their religion without falling into the temptation of bodily pleasures. This could have been unwelcome by Muhammad (PBUH). He foresaw this kind of contradiction and so taught by examples. It was like doing justice to natures calling. The Prophet (PBUH) was in essence advocating justice between sexes.
Ms. Nasim ZEHRA:
A role model for many young women’s who are joining media.
Nasim Zehra is a Pakistan anchor and a columnist.Ms. Zehra, Director Current Affairs at Dunya Television and host of Policy Matters, is trained in international security and business management, writes and lectures internationally and nationally on national and international political and security issues. As an Analyst on Pakistan’s political experiences and international security issues Nasim has written and lectured widely nationally and internationally. Nasim has written as a Syndicated columnist for Inter-Press Services (IPS) and for national dailies and for journals including The News and the Defence Journal. In the Arab world she has written regularly for the two leading dailies; the Gulf News, Dubai-based Khaleej Times and the Jeddah-based Arab News. Nasim Zehra regularly lectures at the National Defense College, Command and Staff College, the Air War College, the Institute for Strategic Studies Islamabad and National Institute for Public Affairs. She has also lectured abroad in the United States, Germany, India, Egypt, Iran, Britain etc.
As an Expert Commentator Ms. Zehra is invited by local and foreign television and radio networks including GEO Television Network, Pakistan Television, BBC, al-Jazeera, Gulf television, Middle East Television, CNN, Radio Australia and Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for expert comments on domestic issues and international security issues.
Ms. Zehra has also combined writing with management and development consulting. As a writer she specializes as an analyst and strategist in national and international security. Nasim Zehra’s employment record includes working with the private sector and CIDA, and consulting assignments for bilateral and multilateral organisations.
Q1: How would your staff and colleagues describe your leadership style? Give us an example to support your answer.
Tough Mentoring…tell them in media we have zero margin of error-everything we do must be THE BEST and the FIRST TIME AROUND.
I work with every team member to help them improve their tasks.
They are free to come to me with their problems and I help where I can.
They are encouraged by acknowledging their good work.
But am also tough and make them work long hours etc
Q:2 Who is your role model as a leader?
Prophet Mohammad(PBUH), Hazrat Ali, Mandela, Jinnah, President Rouhani
Q3: What are the most important values and ethics you demonstrate as a leader? Give us an example of these in practice.
Lead by example, Be truthful, unless your entire team is happy the output will never be of outstanding quality, have conviction of purpose-whatever you do, do with belief and passion- excellence can flow from labour of love-compassion is also key to good leadership- get nowhere without hard work.
Q4:What role does leadership play for a manager? What is the difference between a leader and a manager?
Essentially the same-both have to lead by example, have to support, inspire and motivate teams
Q5:All leaders have to deal with conflict situations. Describe a recent disagreement or conflict you personally had to handle.
another senior person had serious problems with one of my team members-the I did not think it was a major issue but he insisted- intact he wanted dismissal of the employee- I asked for an institutionalized inquiry instead.
Q6:What was the most significant change you brought in the organization. was learning and development of employees was part of it
The team was to know ALL aspects of program production- coordination with guests, actual work of switchboard, editing, research and camera work etc. My team members would have to be involved in all these aspects of production.