What are the pitfalls a team can encounter due to differences in leadership styles?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think that one of the most intense realities that any team can face with a difference in management styles is understanding which path to choose.  If the difference in management styles is present in two leaders with different approaches, a pitfall might be for team members not knowing what to do, remaining in conflict with both styles.  Another pitfall is sheer impotence of action for fear of making the "wrong decision" based on how different leadership styles determine success differently.  If the difference in leadership styles is in one leader following another in a divergent manner, then I believe that a challenge lies in the transition between both.  Team members might struggle with the calculations of what success meant under one style and a new decision making calculus that might determine success in a different light.  Additionally, I think  that the transition period might be  a challenge for organizations that have thrived on consistency and a sense of normalcy under one leadership style.  These could be seen as potential pitfalls that teams might have to endure with differences in leadership styles.