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Four American Leadership Styles

Pragmatist, idealist, steward, or diplomat—these are the options. In an article for Forbes, Mark Murphy discusses these leadership styles and the strengths of each. To begin, the pragmatists are fixated with hitting goals and set high standards for themselves and others. Under pragmatists, employees might experience terrific personal growth—or total burnout. Murphy finds pragmatists account for only 8-12 percent of American leaders.

Idealists are charismatic optimists who believe in their employees’ individual creativity. As a result, work environments are more democratic and less structured. They account for 15-20 percent of leaders.

Stewards use rules and process to create stability in business. They want to find the best methodologies that allow people to work most effectively together. Stewards represent another 15-20 percent of leaders.

Lastly, diplomats “prize interpersonal harmony” and use empathy to resolve problems. They try to put employees in circumstances where they have the chance to excel, but without imposing high-pressure, sink-or-swim feelings on them. Murphy believes 50-60 percent of leaders fall into this category. He does not explicitly state his process for how this data was quantified though, so I wonder if such a large margin really falls into this category.

You can view the original article (and a link to an assessment of your leadership style) here: http://www.forbes.com/sites/markmurphy/2015/07/09/which-of-the-4-leadership-styles-is-yours/

About John Friscia

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John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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