We all gravitate towards a certain leadership style. There are personality traits, ethical considerations, and cultural influences that impact the way we lead. But effective leaders can’t fully embrace one methodology, at least not if they want to be successful.
There are times we need to play coach, others where we need to be the cheerleader. Sometimes we are casting vision and others we are more focused on the here and now. We are always doing all of these things to a degree - but the emphasis shifts.
The circumstances we are faced with, team we are leading, and our desired outcomes dictate how we lead our team. Who we are does not change - just how we lead.
As you develop leadership skills, you’ll likely use different processes and methods to achieve your employer’s objectives and meet the needs of the employees who report to you. To be effective as a manager, you might use several different leadership styles at any given time.