The 6 high performing leadership styles you should know about

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In a recent blog, I described the value of coaching for teams, especially cross-generational teams with the aim to achieve Resonant Leadership.

In Primal Leadership, Goleman, Boyatzis, and McKee describe and define the concept of Resonant Leadership. Primal Leadership is a fantastic leadership book, by the way, and I strongly suggest you get a copy of it ;-).


Resonant leadership is the ability of a leader to create a positive emotional impact using Emotional Intelligence. Resonant leadership imprints positive and energetic emotions and puts people in emotional synch. Successful implementation of resonant leadership in a team results in emotional comfort, cooperation, idea sharing, and strong emotional bonds that help the team through difficult times.


In the article I refer to Daniel Goleman, who has done research on leadership and the effectiveness of six different leadership styles, the coaching style being one of them. I was then quickly asked the question: 'what are the other five styles then?’ Well, these are:

Now I could explain them all in depth, but the animation at the start of this article does that for me already, including hearing and reading about the advantages and disadvantages of each style and what style is used best in which situation. So, take 22 minutes to watch and use it to your advantage!


 Daniel Goleman is an American psychologist, writer and science journalist. He introduced the concept of emotional intelligence to a wide audience. His most important and influential idea is that the performance of people (employees) is not only dependent on their intelligence (IQ), but also (and perhaps to a greater extent) by their ability to function well in social situations (emotional intelligence). Although that idea could not be called new at the time either, it was expressed by him in a very appealing way.

According to Goleman, the self-feeling brain possesses self-knowledge, self-control, enthusiasm and the ability to recognise one's own emotions and motivate oneself. Daniel Goleman was associated with Harvard University at the beginning of his career and was editor-in-chief of Psychology Today for some time. Articles by him have also appeared regularly in the New York Times.

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