A managerial leader is the least effective of the five types of leaders. They have the least influence; people only follow them because they have to. They see others as tools to use to complete the objective for the day. They like to make decisions, supervise and correct. They are commonly seen as uninspiring "micromanagers". Their desire is to achieve recognition and reward. Their weakness is building relationships and this can severely limit their career progress. They can improve this by working on their self-awareness and relational intelligence (RQ).
A relational leader prefers to build relationships than develop influence. People want to work with them because of who they are, not what they know. They develop mutual respect with others and work well with them. Although people like to work with them, they have not developed their leadership qualities to bring the most to the team. Their weakness is not wanting to leave the comfort-zone of being liked, and they often will avoid conflict and making decisions. Their career is at risk of plateauing, but they can invest time and effort and develop their leadership skills.
A motivational leader seeks mutual benefit for themselves, others, and the organization. People want to follow them because of who they are and what they know. They influence others in their team with their energy and dedication. They are trusted and deliver results for their organization, their customers, and their line-manager. Their weakness is they lack strategic vision and focus too much on process and the day-to-day functioning of the team. This can limit their ability to be a true leader and their career may not progress beyond team-leadership level. They can step up to become a Transformational leader by working on their "big picture" skills and long-term planning.
An inspirational leader inspires team members to achieve their potential and become leaders too. Their focus is on growing themselves in order to inspire others to grow. They influence others by "walking the talk". They are people-focused not process-focused. True inspirational leaders are followed because of how much they care and who they are on the inside. They are motivated by the growth and fulfilment of those they lead. Their weakness is not engaging with the strategic direction of the business, which limits their ability to influence key decisions that could support their team's growth to higher levels. They can avoid this pitfall by working on their business strategy and developing leadership skills at a higher level.
A transformational leader’s passion and purpose is to transform others and impact the world through achieving outstanding goals. They are the most influential of the five types of leaders and are highly respected. Their reputation precedes them. They are well known for developing leaders. Their influence touches people in other industries and across multiple generations. Their weakness is being impatient to achieve difficult goals which can lead to burnout or an overstressed team. They can eliminate this risk by developing their pace and self-awareness, through seeking support for high-level personal and professional growth.