Presidential Perspective: Finding a leadership style that fits best.

Leadership styles vary wildly. Wikipedia defines leadership style as a leader’s style of providing direction, implementing plans and motivating people. Leadership styles come in a variety of forms that can be exhibited by leaders in the political, business, education, or other fields.


Leadership styles vary wildly. Wikipedia defines leadership style as a leader’s style of providing direction, implementing plans and motivating people. Leadership styles come in a variety of forms that can be exhibited by leaders in the political, business, education, or other fields.

The authoritarian or autocratic leader keeps strict, close control over followers by keeping close regulation of policies and procedures given to followers. To keep the main emphasis on the distinction of the authoritarian leader and their followers, this leader makes sure to create a distinct professional relationship. Several studies have confirmed a relationship between bullying, on the one hand, and an autocratic leadership and an authoritarian way of settling conflicts on the other.

A paternalistic leader works as a father figure by taking care of their subordinates as a parent would. The leader supplies complete concern for his followers or workers and in return receives complete trust and loyalty. The relationship between co-workers and their leader is extremely solid. These workers are able to go to each other with any problems they have because they believe what they say is going to truly help them.

The democratic style consists of shared decision-making among group members by promoting the group interests and practicing social equality. The democratic style encompasses the notion that everyone should play a part in the group’s decisions. However, there still is the requirement for guidance and control by a specific leader.

A laissez-faire leadership style gives all rights and decision-making to the workers. It is sometimes described as a “hands off” style because the leader delegates the tasks to their followers while providing little or no direction. If the leader withdraws too much from their followers it can sometimes result in lack of productivity, cohesiveness and satisfaction.

Transactional leaders focus on motivating followers through a system of rewards and punishments. They focus on increasing the efficiency of established routines and procedures. These leaders are more concerned with making changes to the organizations. This individual may be called upon to be a change agent in order to completely refocus and redirect their followers’ efforts.

The last style is that of a transformational leader who is a type of person not limited by his or her followers’ perception. The main objective is to work to change or transform their followers’ needs and redirect their thinking. These leaders challenge and inspire their followers with a sense of purpose and excitement. They create a vision of what they aspire to be and communicate this idea to others in an enthusiastic and contagious manner.

What is my leadership style? My style is a blend of paternalistic and transformational. I’ve always tried to show an honest and compassionate concern for the staff’s well-being, as well as their family. Exhibiting this concern while inspiring their purpose and function with enthusiasm and excitement has always worked well for me.

What is your leadership style and how does it fit your operation and campus?
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Bill Redwine
Bill Redwine is the 2015 - 2016 NACAS President and has served as assistant vice president for auxiliary services at Morehead State University since 2006. Responsibilities include the bookstore, dining services, concessions and vending, laundry services, postal services, EagleCard office, document services, environmental health and safety, and Eagle Trace Golf Course. He is past-president of NACAS South. Redwine has written a variety of articles for higher education publications on such topics as fundraising in higher education, applications for smartcard technology, and farm-to-campus programs.

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