“A good leader should always … “

How you finish that sentence could reveal a lot about your leadership style.

At some point in your career, you may take on a leadership role. Whether you’re leading a meeting, a project, a team, or an entire department, you might consider identifying with or adopting a defined leadership style.

Leadership is a fluid practice. We’re always changing and improving the way in which we help our direct reports and the company grow. And the longer we lead, the more likely we’ll change the way we choose to complete the sentence above.

But in order to become better leaders tomorrow, we need to know where we stand today. 

Throughout history, great leaders have emerged with particular leadership styles in providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people.

Here are the different types of leadership styles you should be aware of: