Every week we comb through the news to find employment trends affecting the hospitality industry so you don’t have to. This week’s topic: identifying leaders on your team. 

At LGC, we understand the importance of great leadership and how it effects business. While we all continue to navigate the coronavirus, it’s a good time to evaluate your current leadership team to see if you’re lacking in any areas, while also recognizing new leaders on your internal teams. In this post, we’ll be covering a couple ways to identify possible new leaders to help make your team as strong as possible.  

Think about the past several months during the pandemic; who on your team has stepped up regarding communication, revenue-building activities, or creative problem solving? Is there anyone you feel has excelled during this time of uncertainty? Who has been a good representation of your company’s goals and mission this year? These are all questions you can ask yourself to start finding the right people to join your leadership team.  

Once you’ve chosen possible new leaders, it’s important to think about what sort of leadership style they fall into. According to Indeed, there are 10 common leadership styles:  

  1. CoachA coaching leader is someone who can quickly recognize their team members’ strengths, weaknesses and motivations to help each individual improve. 
  2. Visionary. Visionary leaders have a powerful ability to drive progress and usher in periods of change by inspiring employees and earning trust for new ideas. 
  3. Servant. Servant leaders live by a people-first mindset and believe that when team members feel personally and professionally fulfilled, they’re more effective and more likely to produce great work regularly. 
  4. Autocratic. Also called the authoritarian style of leadership, this type of leader is someone who is focused almost entirely on results and efficiency. 
  5. Laissez-faire or hands-off. This leadership style is the opposite of the autocratic leadership type, focusing mostly on delegating many tasks to team members and providing little to no supervision. 
  6. Democratic. A democratic leader is someone who asks for input and considers feedback from their team before making a decision. 
  7. Pacesetter. The pacesetting leadership style is one of the most effective for driving fast results. 
  8. Transformational. The transformational leadership style is similar to the coach style in that it focuses on clear communication, goal-setting and employee motivation. 
  9. Transactional. A transactional leader is someone who is laser-focused on performance, similar to a pacesetter. 
  10. Bureaucratic. Bureaucratic leaders are similar to autocratic leaders in that they expect their team members to follow the rules and procedures precisely as written. 

(To read more about each leadership style, click here.) 

Consider your current internal team and what type of leader will work best for them and your company goals when making your decision. With so many different leadership styles, there isn’t necessarily one that’s right for your business –– it could be a combination of several styles 

Without impactful leaders, LGC would not be where we are today. By adding a new member to your leadership team, you can bring fresh ideas to the table, invigorate and motivate your employees, and find great leaders who can help you get through this tough time.