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What leadership strategies do you use?

How do you evaluate yourself as a leader? What is leadership strategies do you use with your employees, partners, and clients?There are plenty of leadership strategies and model to define our leadership style. Entrepreneur.com's article "The Strengths and Weaknesses of 4 Distinct Leadership Strategies", provides four excellent leadership strategy examples.

The article focuses on the following leadership strategies:

1. Commander

2. Communicator

3. Collaborator

4. Co-Creator

The Commander Leader:

These leaders are typically assertive, take control and are confident. Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks presents the commander strategy and style in his day to day leadership. The article provides Elon Musk as an example of a Commander type leader. As this article states, leaders using a commander leadership style will struggle with employees and clients that prefer a more collaborative approach to getting things done. If you are a commander type leader, it is crucial for you to understand the leadership style of your L-10 (Leadership) team. You may have collaborators, co-creators and communicators on your team, and trying to assert yourself and take control all the time may push your team out.

The Communicator Leader:

Most leaders lack robust communicator leadership strategies. The article sights a report that suggests that 69 percent of leaders are scared to talk to their employees. Communicator leaders focus on the articulation of their vision and goals. Sometimes this style can be seen as one that over communicates and under delivers. As the article states, communicator leadership styles do not encourage innovation, which could be an issue for technology firms. This style could be beneficial for service organizations that require an active client facing leadership style.

The Collaborative Leader

As this article stated, "This leadership modality is highly innovative and drives the creation of intellectual capital." Collaborative leaders often unite their teams and customers around a shared vision and purpose. Many of the new startups we see pop up around the world with a positive social vision and mission often have collaborative leaders at the helm. Collaborative Leaders often accept that they aren't in control. Being a collaborative leader often leads to a high level of trust in your organization and encourages leadership at all levels of the organization.

The Co-Creator Leader

The article states "Like the collaborative leader, the co-creating leader allows stakeholders to pursue their individual goals in tandem with the goals of the organization." The Co-Creator style is uncommon in most organizations today, as younger leaders create their style and identity, its possible we will see more Co-Creators in non-traditional corporations and startups.To learn more about these four styles and insight, you can read this article here.