3 Types of Leadership Paradigms for Success in the 21st-Century

Christopher Jacob
7 min readJan 31, 2024

Leadership is a conferred responsibility assigned to individuals occupying authoritative positions. However, the execution of this responsibility varies among those in leadership roles, owing to the prevalence of diverse leadership styles. Each leadership style exhibits distinct commonalities and differences, influencing the reactions and conduct of the subordinate cohort.

Consequently, the twenty-first century has identified three prominent types of leadership approaches: Servant Leadership, Transactional Leadership, and Transformational Leadership.

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  1. Servant Leadership constitutes an approach that eschews the leader’s self-interest, prioritizing the needs and requirements of employees over the leader’s personal concerns. Within a professional occupational context, this leadership style serves the predominate purpose of unleashing the potential of each employee, fostering skill development, and thereby enhancing overall productivity. The emphasis on individual success and productivity has the potential to engender positive behavior, loyalty, and heightened performance among subordinates.

For instance, the adoption of Servant Leadership by David Wolfskehl, proprietor of Action Fast Print in New Jersey, resulted in a notable 30% increase in productivity within two years.

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It is crucial to acknowledge potential drawbacks associated with leaders who adopt the servant leadership style, as their actions may inadvertently compromise organizational goals. This compromise may manifest as a lack of clear direction concerning the institution’s moral compass…

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Christopher Jacob

Come as you are. Doused in Mud, Soaked in Bleach. Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology, and Business. Two-time International Award-Winning Writer and Editor.