The partnership is a drastically different kind of leadership from the styles previously discussed in this section. Both the dictatorship and the “almost” democracy maintain a clear boundary between leader and group members. The partnership, however, blurs the line and requires the leader to become just one of the group.

Characteristics of The Partnership
Partnership characteristics include the following:

  • Equality. The leader becomes just another group member, one who may have more experience, certainly, but one who doesn’t really pull more weight than other individuals in the group.
  • Group vision. All group members participate in decision-making and setting the direction for the unit.
  • Shared responsibility. All group members are responsible for the results and consequences of the group’s actions.

When This Style Works Best
The partnership is a style of leadership that works best with a small group of incredibly experienced or talented individuals. Trust, honesty, and belief in the staff’s ability are key ingredients for a partnership to succeed.

The Downside
The partnership style of leadership can be one of the most rewarding leadership experiences. Not only are you leading, but you are interacting with your group members as equals. However, this is not the style to use if you are concerned about your authority being undermined.

Transformational Leadership
Transformational leaderships go beyond trying to keep individuals and teams performing at the status quo. A transformational leader is one who has the power to bring about charge in team members and the organization as a whole.

Characteristics Of A Transformational Leader
Transformational leaders distinguish themselves through the following characteristics:

  • Charisma. A transformational leader is one who has a clear vision for the organization and can easily communicate that vision to group members.
  • Confidence. A transformational leader has a good business sense and is able to see what decisions will positively affect the organization. This enables the leader to act confidently, inspiring trust in team members.
  • Respect and loyalty. A transformational leader inspires respect and loyalty in individuals and the team on a job well done. Letting people know how much they contributed to one success will steel them for future challenge.
  • Inspiration. A transformational leader is a master at helping people to do something they weren’t sure they were capable of doing. This is achieved through praise and encouraging statements.

When This Style Works Best
Transformational leadership is the ideal style of leadership to use when you need to drastically improve the performance of an individual, group, or organization.

The Downside
Transformational leadership can be a particularly draining style of management. You are responsible for the vision and the means of accomplish that vision. The transformational leader is also somewhat of a gambler, betting that his or her vision is the right one.