To a man with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.
Well this is how it applies to leadership. If you have just one tool (i.e. leadership style) in your tool kit, you'll default to using this even when the situation demands a different approach and the results will be sub-optimal.
It's kind of like trying to saw a plank of wood with a kitchen knife, or put up a shelf with a spanner. You get the picture.
What Do Great Leaders Do?
What is Your Leadership Style?
The theory is, you use these styles at different times depending on what outcome you want to achieve. So for example if you have just taken over a department that is under-performing, a commanding style may be needed to get it back on track, or if you have been put in charge of a business transformation a combination of visionary and coaching styles would be more effective.
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