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The Teacher Leader KnowledgeBase aims to raise awareness of the teacher leader role at the district level and to support teachers aspiring to the teacher leader role through master's degree-level university programs.
Task 2: Explore Leadership Styles and Skills
Guideline: The understanding of leadership styles and traits has evolved throughout the 20th century. As noted in an article on leadership styles at Mind Tools.com, the thinking in the 1930’s focused on autocratic, democratic, and laissez-faire leaders. Currently, leadership styles have expanded to include autocratic, bureaucratic, charismatic, democratic/participative, laissez-faire, people-oriented/relations-oriented, servant leadership, task-oriented, transactional, and transformational. It is also recognized that no single style fits all situations. Effective leadership involves using a range of approaches depending on the situation.
It is important to recognize leadership roles may take on either a formal or informal dimension. Formal leaders are those persons who are fulfilling designated organizational leadership roles with prescribed authority and responsibilities. Informal leaders are persons whose leadership capacities are recognized by others willing to follow them, but they may not have designated organizational leadership authority or responsibilities.
Being aware of leadership qualities, styles, and skills is important to aspiring leaders.