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The Walking Dead television series is a great example of how different leadership styles are used in the survival of the group. The series is about a group of survivors in a post-apocalyptic world lead by Sheriff Rick Grimes, played by actor Andrew Lincoln. There are ongoing threats to the group’s existence, as well as new challenges that occur without warning. There are also examples of weak and strong leadership, just like there would be in any team environment. What I like is the multitude of leadership styles among The Walking Dead characters. The following is a breakdown of the six leadership styles; visionary, coaching, affiliative, democratic, pacesetting, and commanding and how different characters in the Walking Dead series represented each style.
Visionary Leader While doing research for this class, I grasped how very important it is for leaders to have positive relationships with their followers. These relationships make for a smooth transition when leaders need their team to follow directions. Rick’s dream is to protect his kids, look after the group, and safeguard humanity. Goleman, Boyatziz, Mckee (2013) pg 58 stated, “Using inspiration together with the EI triad of self-confidence, self-awareness, and empathy, visionary leaders articulate a purpose that rings true for themselves and attune it to values shared by the people they lead.” An emotional intelligence competency Rick excelled at was transparency. Because Rick truly believes in his vision, he is able to guide people towards that vision with a firm hand. There were plenty of times, for the sake of their survival; Rick had to share information with the group. In Season 3, Rick sets up a meeting with the entire group, where he has to tell them about a deal to give up Michonne (another member of the group), to the Governor. He believed it was not his…...

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