Leadership Styles In Managing Software Projects

Do you know your leadership style?

Why is it so important?

At some point in your career you may take on a leadership role. Whether it can be a meeting, a project, a team, you might consider identifying with or adopting some defined leadership style.

And of course, every leader is different and every company has its own unique needs, organizational culture.

Leadership style is the way a leader guides a team through different stages, implements plans, provides guidance, and overlooks work. Based on different personalities and methods, there are many different styles.

But there are 4 leadership styles commonly used in the workplace.

  1. Directive
    In this leadership style leaders provide more explicit instructions to the team in terms of who needs to do what and sometimes how. This style is handy during emergency situations or on high-uncertainty projects.
  1. Facilitative
    Facilitative leaders are capable of presenting the end goals and vision to the team members in a way that encourages and motivates them to stay committed and engaged on delivering on those goals.

3.Servant
Putting the interests of your team and team members first. Motivating the team through empowerments and breeding self-sufficient teams and leaders.

  1. Participative
    Also known as democratic, in this leadership style leaders  get all the team members involved in decision-making, be it identifying project goals or developing strategies to achieve them. This also involves creating enthusiasm and increasing engagement among team members.

There are many leadership styles to choose from. You don’t have to land on a single style, it may and should change depending on the team and situation. Be weary and choose wisely! 

Do you have a favorite leadership style?