10 Leadership Styles

One of the greatest challenges of your leadership journey will be to build a team that compliments you and your own leadership gifting. This takes a mature, confident and courageous leader - many leaders fail to attract the right team due to their own weakness and insecurity.

Another common challenge when building a strong leadership team is to have too much of the same thing. Too many people with the same gifting leads to disaster. John C Maxwell offers some of the best wisdom on this challenge, suggesting 10 Leadership Styles Needed for Developing a Leadership Team.

This is a summary of John's article - I'm sure you'll be inspired.

1. Visionary Leaders

The visionary leader sees farther into the future than others, sees opportunities and threats more quickly than others, and sees bigger possibilities than others can imagine.

2. Directional Leaders

Directional leaders point the way to the vision. They make certain that the team stays on the best road. As John F. Kennedy said, “Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.

3. Strategic Leaders

Strategic leaders evaluate the present situation and then gather the resources needed at each stage of the organisation’s journey. They understand the process of getting from one step to the next. They have a wide field of vision, seeing a number of contingencies, and because of them the organisation is seldom blindsided.

4. Managing Leaders

These leaders know their priorities and the people who can make them happen. They set objectives and then create metrics to measure performance. Their focused leadership aids organisational efficiency.

5. Motivational Leaders

Motivational leaders firmly believe that people are an organisation’s most valuable assets. They constantly encourage others, and they set a visible example for others to follow.

6. Shepherding Leaders

These leaders give extraordinary care to the players on the team. They’re easy to talk to, and they have a knack for empathising with others. They lead with the heart and have a servant attitude that uplifts everyone around them.

7. Team-building Leaders

Team-builders have an innate ability to see how people fit together so that their strengths complement one another. These leaders possess strong relational skills and readily connect with their teammates. In addition, they have very little ego and are quick to highlight the accomplishments of others.

8. Entrepreneurial Leaders

Entrepreneurs are self-starters who see risk in terms of opportunity. They value possibility more than security. Unafraid to fail, they’re resilient and bounce back from defeat more quickly than others.

9. Re-engineering Leaders

This style of leadership loves problems. They itch to clean up carnage and repair damage. No team stays on top for long without a reengineer to identify outmoded systems and to correct them. These leaders never settle for the status quo and constantly look for ways to upgrade and improve operations.

10. Bridge-building Leaders

Bridge-builders are great negotiators. They work well with people and network continually. As inherent pragmatists, they do not view compromise as a dirty word but rather as a necessary step to move the team forward.



  • List your leadership team along with their styles. After the list is complete, identify which styles are missing.
  • Commit to finding leaders with styles complementary to your areas of weakness.