No one effective leadership style exists. How executives go about challenging employees to drive organizational results differs from company to company. Unfortunately, 95% of companies are not actively attempting to develop leaders, especially at the lower levels of the organization, according to the Brandon Hall Research Group, and 63% of millennials tell the Human Resources Professional Association they have received no leadership development at all. With new and emerging technologies driving near-instant innovation at organizations large and small, it’s more important than ever that companies and their leaders have a solid approach to inspiring success among their ranks.
Several commonalities exist when it comes to how workers perceive organizational leadership. First, 79% of people who quit their jobs cite lack of appreciation as their main reason for leaving, according to the O.C. Tanner Learning Group. A good leader should make employees feel heard, appreciated, and respected. Second, a Harvard Business Review survey revealed 58% of employees say they trust strangers more than they trust their boss. Leaders should work exhaustively to build trust with employees in order to build the kind of relationships that inspire.
Despite these near-uniform responses to leadership, there are many different approaches to the day-to-day style leaders enact while dealing with employees. Delegators, participators, authoritarians—each leader has his or her own way of working to bring the best out of employees. Finding the right style for yourself will likely depend on your personality, industry, the people you lead, and the size of your workforce.
Watch these videos to learn more about how the world’s best leaders inspire greatness. We spoke with executives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, Citibank, Harvard University, and Netflix about their management styles and how they relate to the employees they lead.