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There is no one-size-fits-all leadership model. Every business is different from it’s employees educational level and skill set, to the way the company operates and size, to type of industry and regulations it must abide by, and many more differences. Having a solid understanding of each leadership model and knowing which one(s) to implement is crucial for success.

Here is a list of leadership models with a brief description of each model.

  1. Autocratic Leadership Model
  2. Affiliative Leadership Model
  3. Coaching Leadership Model
  4. Democratic Leadership Model
  5. Pacesetting Leadership Model
  6. Visionary Leadership Model


Autocratic Leadership Model – This classic leadership model is the preferred choice for extreme environments, but the downside of this model is the lack of creativity that can be leveraged. Used commonly in the military, laboratory experiment, surgery and food manufacturing.

Affiliative Leadership Model – Promotes positive relationships and harmony between members of a team. This leadership model helps solves conflicts from different personalities while maintaining healthy morale within the group. Used commonly in sports, restaurants and food manufacturing.

Coaching Leadership Model – Known to inspire and guide people to generate greater outputs. This leadership model balances both authoritative and affiliative leadership styles. This model is used by Training Gems in both their individual and business programs to train and educate people within the food manufacturing industry. Also used by sports teams, staff training and financial consultants.

Democratic Leadership Model – The democratic leadership model is great for listening and collaborating with teams to create a space for brainstorming. This style is very common in politics, startup companies, universities, and food manufacturing.

Pacesetting Leadership Model –  This model utilizes the lead-by-example theory and is used to get the most out of their highly-motivated workers in the form of a kind of contest.  Used commonly in retail, sales and food manufacturing.

Visionary Leadership Model – When democratic leadership isn’t working well, a visionary model may be the solution. It is used when committing heavily to the company’s goals and commonly in non-profit organizations, new construction projects, and food manufacturing.


To get a more detailed explanation of each leadership model including examples with a pros and cons list, check out the 6 Types of Leadership Styles by Julio Martinez.

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