My husband works in construction. He was recently transferred to a new job site and was comparing various job foremen’s approaches to leadership.
He compared two basic styles of leadership:
Goal-oriented. It didn’t matter what it took –haranguing, pushing, nagging, coercing, even yelling (depending on the leader). Whatever the foreman had to do to get the job done. The ends justified the means as long as the goal was met.
- Process-oriented. In this method, effort was acknowledged. Sometimes it took a few tries and few different problem solving attempts to get the project moving forward but as long as there was effort being made, the hard work was acknowledged and appreciated regardless of the time it took.
Here’s some observations about these methods: