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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. This CEO tip is about ensuring that your democratic leadership is effective. How can democratic leadership be effective? Democratic leadership can be …

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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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Authority Obedience Management, a.k.a Produce or Perish Management, explained by a CEO

Authority Obedience leadership, also known as Produce or Perish Management, is one of the worst leadership styles available. As a CEO, I would never use the Authority Obedience management style, and I actively avoid hiring leaders who would use it. Learn more about Authority Obedience management in this article and make sure to avoid using …

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Country Club Leadership – Explained by a CEO with Examples, Pros/Cons

Country Club leadership is nothing I aspire to in my role as a CEO. I am a firm believer in providing people with purpose, engagement, and empowerment to thrive and feel happy while performing at high levels. Country Club leadership is all about being happy, and none about performance, leading to people ultimately losing their …

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Impoverished Leadership – Explained by a CEO with Examples, Pros/Cons

During my career as a CEO, I have stumbled on some Impoverished Leaders. The Impoverished Leader shows hardly any care for people and relationships or output and performance. The impoverished leader does not really care about anything. What is Impoverished Leadership? Impoverished leadership is when a leader shows very little concern for people and very …

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Blake and Mouton’s Managerial Grid Explained by a CEO, examples, pros/cons

As a CEO fascinated by leadership theories, I have been curious about the Blake and Mouton Managerial grid for a long time. Even if the Grid theory is getting old, it is incredibly straightforward in showing how leadership styles depend on the leader’s behaviors. Look yourself in the mirror and assess yourself using Blake and …

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The Situational Leadership Model Explained by a CEO

During my career as a CEO, I have encountered and used plenty of leadership styles. Most modern leadership theories build on a contingency approach, i.e., switching between leadership styles depending on the situation. The Situational Leadership Model makes switching between leadership styles clearer than any other model, considering team maturity, motivation, time, and leadership behaviors. …

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Transformational Leadership vs. Autocratic Leadership

Transformational leadership and autocratic leadership are incredibly different, and I have met leaders from both camps during my leadership career as a CEO. This article outlines the key differences and the key similarities between transformational leadership and autocratic leadership, besides providing a short introduction to both styles. What are the differences between transformational leadership and …

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The Great Man Theory of Leadership, What is it? Definition, explanation, and summary

As a CEO interested in leadership, I naturally had to investigate the Great Man Theory of Leadership a bit further. The simplicity of the Great Man Theory can be charming, but it is detrimental for leadership as a skill and an art form. What is the Great Man Theory of Leadership? The Great Man Theory …

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