Top Leadership Styles: Today's Ideal Leader

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

An effective leader is someone who can communicate rationally, connect relationally, manage practically and lead directionally and strategically. Effective leaders demonstrate not just IQ but EQ – they share knowledge and information yet understand emotion and connection.

A recent McCrindle Research study surveyed over 580 Australian on their desired leadership styles and the characteristic values they would like to see in their ideal leader.

Leadership : Most important factors in growth or decline

When asked to comment on the factor which has the largest impact on determining whether a business grows and flourishes or struggles and declines, the number 1 response of Australians, given by 38% of respondents, was that leadership and management determine these outcomes.

The tasks of direction setting, leading the team, and managing business movements that determine the success or failure of the business are primarily dependant on the leadership and management team, Australians noted.  34% of Australians stated that employees – particularly their attitudes and work ethics – have the largest impact on determining business growth or decline, followed by products and services (17%), suppliers and clients (7%), and systems and procedures (5%).

Leader authority versus team participation and ownership

Australians prefer greater levels of team participation and ownership over leadership authority. 57% of Australians surveyed indicated that they prefer a high level of team participation and ownership, compared with 45% who prefer a high level of leader authority.

The ideal Australian leadership is an environment in which team participation is encouraged and direction is given by strong leadership – only 3% of Australians indicated a preference for low levels of leadership involvement, and only 2% indicated a low level of team participation. In fact, when asked about flexible working options in the workplace, 96% of Australians deemed it necessary to gather and collaborate in order to achieve maximum output and develop cultural cohesion.

Ideal leadership values

When Australians were asked to rank the leadership values of their ideal leader, competence was ranked as the highest priority. Australians prefer a leader who is driven towards outcomes and objectives, with ambitious being the second-ranked ideal leadership value. Broad-mindedness was next on the list, with Australians desiring to be led by individuals who are open to new ideas, innovation, and change. Australians ranked caring as fourth, showing a desire for empathy in their working environment. Cooperation also made it into the Top 5 ideal leadership values, showing the Aussie desire for mutual teamwork.

Find out more in the full report on the Top Leadership Styles and Characteristics:

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


women long weekend rule keeper hopes TDE criminal NSW dare to dream Population Clock program recap sector wide study social trends waverton study professional professional development rain tuesday debt christianity domestic baby society trends Melbourne GPO entrepreneur narcissism high density optus Northern Beaches Christian School education research safe publication social tertiary education Sydney keynote speaker urban taskforce Scouts school families trends of 2017 marriages urban living wedding earnings organisational culture identity royal baby staying in Australian demographics hills shire forum entertainment trends of 2016 university entrepreneurial social commentary Queensland Bathburst Australian Trends paying to work data define demographic know the times demographer research visualisation New South Wales property stay home shbc focus group moderators guide graphs high school panel sector victoria keynote speaker Mark McCrindle work mates goals real going out consumerism skills men community event education future fears names results christmas Assistant Store Manager offenders 1994 analysis 2017 marrickville religion budget darwin Wagga Wagga youth unemployment twentyseventeen global financial Word Up Caregiver cultural diversity public holiday father's day household gold coast poor easy rider earn dreaming survey design Australian communities data analyst Christmas season australian social research learning life social researchers meals insights online shopping report cloudy days small business public speaking emerging trends customer Aussie Australian Census clothing IT Specialists census greatness hornsby media activity millenials finance economy future property price Valentine’s Day brisbane ashley mckenzie February 16 university degree futurist global financial crisis local group session community social life REIV National Conference plans mythbusting generations FOMO community engagement the changing face of menai marriage shifts education conference presentation research services moreton bay builders post rationalism media not-for-profit group newspaper sydneysiders commute households SA news property market resource sun Christchurch social commentator local communities 1968 house Australian Families lifestyle employment rising house prices shopping future of education baby name trends personal growth REIV Conference priorities friendship Gen X visualisation media release litter ideas qualitative research schools geomapping mining boom sydney speaker shopper's pick statistics summer cost of living sentiments generation Z sunburnt country educated mover and shaker thrive events housing market aussie culture Tuesday Trend leader cancelling event conference speaker South Australia learner sunny days friends employers young australians crows nest cars home mortgage leadership mateship social enquiry Northern beaches Event population work-life easter learn Myth suburbs researcher world tableau megatrends family Financial Planning Association tea population map NEETs business non profit student communications dream owning a home tips ACF suburb responsive population milestone product 10 years engage wolloomooloo "know the times" affordability teach daily commute village toys jobs rental stress presentation ashley fell generational trends typical australian global generations ultimo ipswich training gen z innovative couple potts point financial independence McCrindle Speakers World Water Day holidays low density networking investor personalities Deaths consumer anzac woolworths trend cash Tuesday Trends students year 7 princess charlotte cooking generation Engineering Manager speakers cartodb Duchess of Cambridge volunteers income Financial Planning Association of Australia huffington post internet baby name outsourcing jobs of the future etiquette national wealth staff child care work DIY snapshot environmental scanning youth perth omnibus careers The Daily Edition poker master teaching ACT celebration research future-proof Aussies in depth interviews Social Trend Tasmania Territory keynote neutral bay authenticity facts Research Executive teacher thought leadership hello fresh states Australian Dream trends resilience Australian Home housing baby boomers Generation X tv children ABS focus groups experience Royals 2014 wealth and income organisations wealth distribution Merry Christmas optus my business awards visual 2020 CBD education sector tattoos fresh 24 million dessert teleworking baby boom home owner living renter of the future Netflix sector wide population growth demographic transformations mobile presentations water forecasting demographic trends coffee australian communities trends report Northern Beaches increasing densification parenting Hornsby Shire Council 2013 40 million financial future Channel 7 weekly earnings slideshare relevant state 23 million communities Christmas presents winter acf15 rich baby name predictions social shifts world youth day Real Estate motivate mccrindle research Gen Y Queensland: QLD Australia Day monarchy millennials Generation Y 1980 optimistic sydneycity housing growth DESTEL list sydney event brand language royal family mccrindle brands business index spend suburban living salary award communicate JOMO educhat mccrindle tea growing population apartment HSC ACF 2016 society VIC renting collaboration national crime rates demographics vegetarian emerging technologies high density living social researcher workforce mythbusters urban New Zealand not for profit wages new york times social media future proofing sustainable workshop ethnography generation alpha cost innovation 24,000,000 house price WA high density apartments 2015 PSI google for education mccrindle in the media Northern Territory 2016 follow deloitte investment data visualisation australians staying home more growth nfp online January 26th future of work housing trends leadership workshop emerging generations curiosity research pack interactive church financial dreams home ownership social research eliane miles retirement happiness New Zeland transport Australian Bureau of Statistics English middle class brand experience school satisfaction learning styles mentor Res Vis environment Kiwi national private wealth residents vegemite Australian Communities Trends challenge debate food Western Australia city divorce rate internship buildings social lives gen alpha communication quote Adelaide workplace culture internships participants winter blues FPA google Australians faux-ciliser proactive sports faux-cilising professional speaker trends analyst 1975 infographic Kirsten Brewer house prices affordable Crime Rates alpha cancel plans Geoff Brailey rent unaffordable townhouses politics divorce survey socialising Education Future Forum collaborative energy capital cities goal logan Births Wellington seasons TAS millionth schools students social impact baby names ageing population stats digital crime relational mother's day royal influence case study market research wealth and income distribution young people weather land of the middle class social change cancelling plans overcast in the media System's Architect conference gender Channel Seven royal intern government economic ease of travel Australian schools media commentary Canberra Real Estate Institute of Victoria Financial Planning Week year 12 engagement australia manly 2012 The ABC of XYZ trend tuesday pyrmont rise of local charity insight repayments prince george annual income entrepreneurs of today NT workplace average aussie blaxland Love holiday unemployment Charlotte selfie education future report technology career school students lalor park kate middleton culture urban living index capital city social analysis eliane EFF equip event Do It Yourself teachers hobart australian communities forum balance daily telegraph socialites Australia Day 2017 change click Sydney marketing Christmas lunch cold faux-cilise housing affordability parents Wodonga wellbeing research data wealth grandparents bondi video future proof area