12 Prominent Leadership Styles, Their Use, And Limitations

Corinna Hagen
17 min readOct 10, 2022

For emerging leaders, the topic of developing your leadership style comes up unavoidably. Sometimes, this question is triggered externally, for example, during job interviews. In this edition of Leading Choices, we’ll look at leadership frameworks first, then leadership styles. In the end, I’ll contrast when each style is best for your organization with the challenges it is facing. This article is part one in a three-part series on leadership styles:

Part 1 — Definition of Leadership Styles and Frameworks and When They Work Best

Part 2 — How to Find Your Personal Leadership Style (and Remain Authentic)

Part 3 — Creating Your Leadership Brand (And Share It In Job Interviews)

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Table of Contents

· What Is A Leadership Style?
· Importance Of Knowing Your Leadership Style
· 6 Useful Leadership Frameworks
· From Frameworks To Today’s Most Common Leadership Styles
· 12 Types of Leadership Styles
· Which Leadership Style Is Best for Your Team?
· Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
· Which Leadership Style Is Best For You?

What Is A Leadership Style?

Leadership styles refer to the actions and methods used by leaders when they are leading, influencing, and managing others. Your leadership style becomes visible in the strategies you employ as a leader and how you account for the expectations of those reporting to you.

There are many different types of leadership styles and frameworks. Each style has its own strengths and weaknesses, and each style is appropriate in certain situations. We’re taking a look at six leadership frameworks and 12 leadership styles in this article.

Importance Of Knowing Your Leadership Style

Each style produces different results and each is best suited to different situations. Understanding the differences in leadership styles can help you become a better…



Corinna Hagen

Founder of Zaradigm.com, an executive communication firm. I write about leadership and business communication 1 x month in the “Leading Choices” newsletter.