Before tak the test ‘What is your leadership style?’, available at http://psychology.about.com , I have read about three major styles offered and developed by Kurt Lewin back in 1939 – authoritarian, participative and delegative leadership.
The test showed result as expected – I’m a true participative or democratic leader. This is what was written under explanation “Participative leaders accept input from one or more group members when making decisions and solving problems, but the leader retains the final say when choices are made. Group members tend to be encouraged and motivated by this style of leadership. This style of leadership often leads to more effective and accurate decisions, since no leader can be an expert in all areas. Input from group members with specialized knowledge and expertise creates a more complete basis for decision-making.”
While observing leadership style of my superiors in the past, I could hardly find them in above description. However, there are many people I admire and who serve as my personal role models as successful professionals. They are mostly my friends and colleagues, who I met during studies, or worked together, and they can especially be found at Academy for Political Development,Croatia.