Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Four Styles of Leadership

Rich Karlgaard, Publisher at, recently wrote about his experience of watching a panel at the recent Forbes Global CEO Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Karlgaard said that the panel discussion revealed four leadership styles:

  • Visionary: This includes leaders such as Steve Jobs of Apple and Whole Foods' John Mackey.

  • Empathetic: Leaders who fall under this style include Bill Hewlett, cofounder of Hewlett-Packard and Admiral Bill Owens.

  • The Humble Servitude leadership style is demonstrated by people like Wal-Mart Chairman S. Robson Walton.

  • Moral/Ethical leaders like Francis Yeoh, head of Malaysia's YTL Corp. are engaged in a powerful style, but one that is subject to human frailty.

Ultimately, states Karlgaard, the leadership style must fit both the leader and the organization. Read the entire article at Karlgaard's blog, DigitalRules.

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