Today’s workplace is forever changing, job roles and personnel being a main factor in which every day can be a challenge. To regulate these elements a versatile figurehead is key in order to facilitate a successful company, whether the leader be using an Autocratic or Democratic influence or perhaps somewhere between these styles (as defined by Tennebaum and Schidt in their Leadership Continuum fig1).
Autocratic Democratic
Leader Centered Approach Team-Centered Approach

Leader announces decision Leader explains decision Leader invites questions Leader proposes solutions Leader invites solutions Team proposes decision Team decides
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Fig.1
As mentioned – there are a variety of factors that can influence how different leadership styles are used. These factors can be not limited to:
• Environment
• Team Skill Level and Experience
• Task at hand
• Pressure (time, costs?)
• Our Own Leadership Qualities
The environment in which the style would be decided is dependent on the whether the leadership needs to be far more direct where set routines are in place such as on a factory production line, or whether more freedom and flexibility are needed to allow workforce to make decisions for themselves, which in turn creates a more relaxed atmosphere and usually a more productive one.
Looking at Blanchard’s Situational Leadership Model fig 2 it makes it easier to visualize how Team Skill and Experience relates to Leadership styles:-

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The graph quantifies