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How does autocratic leadership motivate employees?

The quick answer to how autocratic leadership motivates employees is simple. Autocratic leadership does not motivate employees. It demotivates employees and effectively destroys employee engagement. I’ve gone from specialist to CEO in my leadership career and seen many autocratic leaders fail miserably with employee motivation on the way. How does autocratic leadership motivate employees? Autocratic …

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How can democratic leadership be effective? – CEO Reflections #17

I have often used the highly effective Democratic leadership style during my career as a CEO. Democratic leadership is particularly effective in experienced and skilled teams and can result in genuinely empowered teams. It is such a fantastic style that I put together a democratic leadership course showing you how to implement it, based on …

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Transformational vs. Visionary Leadership – CEO Reflections #16

I have encountered both transformational and visionary leadership during my career as a CEO. Both styles are great and very useful in modern leadership. This article shows the key differences, the similarities, and a general comparison between visionary and transformational leadership. What are the similarities between Transformational and Visionary Leadership? Both transformational and visionary leadership …

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Transformational Leadership vs. Transactional Leadership – CEO Reflections #15

The transactional and transformational leadership styles are very different in general as well as in-depth. This comparison between transformational and transactional leadership consists of two segments, one with the obvious and major differences, and the other about the incentives connected to the different styles – this is relevant since transactional leadership has such a high focus on …

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Autocratic Leadership vs. Laissez-Faire Leadership – CEO Reflections #14

There are more differences than similarities between these two leadership styles, as we shall see in this article. By reading this, you will understand when to use one of them in favor of the other. Perhaps most importantly, you will learn why you should avoid using them at all. Autocratic leadership, laissez-faire leadership, and democratic …

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Transformational Leadership vs Democratic Leadership – CEO Reflections #13

I sometimes get the question of how transformational leadership compares to democratic leadership. It is not the clearest-cut comparison since they are part of entirely different leadership style frameworks. This article shows you the differences and similarities between transformational leadership and democratic leadership. They have more things in common than you might think. In general, …

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How do leaders influence organizational culture? – CEO Reflections #12

I have seen both good and bad organizational cultures during my career as a business leader. I have been affected by them and I have affected them. Once, I got the opportunity to really embark on a culture change journey in the role as CEO. In this article, I will describe how leaders influence organizational …

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Why should leaders always speak last? – CEO Reflections #11

Perhaps you recognize this saying from a video, article or magazine. Perhaps it’s the first time you are hearing about it. Over my 15 year long international leadership career I have participated in countless meetings, ranging from informal team chats to management team meetings and board reviews. This experience has left me with a very …

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How to check in with remote employees – CEO Reflections #10

Do you have direct reports or team members working in a remote location? Do you meet one on one once a month, every two months, or even less? Even if you meet on a weekly basis, it can be important to create good communication channels to stay connected with each other. Since I have worked …

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6 tips on how to host team meetings in multiple time zones? – CEO Reflections #9

I have found myself having direct reports or team members in multiple time zones several times during my career. In some cases, it has just been one to three hours. In other cases, it has been six or seven hours and all the way up to a thirteen-hour time difference. Since I have worked in …

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