Posted by: stephanied23 | October 9, 2012

Leadership Styles

After discussing the use of leadership styles, I remembered a show called Rizzoli and Isles. This show has two women that present two different leadership styles in the same field and context. Jane Rizzoli is a detective and, as you can see from the film, is a fairly directive and masculine leader. Her job requires her to take initiative and project strength. The thing that I like about her is that she does display feminine traits as well. For example, in the clip she uses a softer approach to communicate with the criminal. The other female lead, Maura Isles, is a forensic analyst. She embraces a softer and more feminine approach to her leadership. It’s hard to see in this particular video, but she is very relational and communal. Watching this show is helpful, especially when discussing leadership style effectiveness, because it shows that both the women can succeed and lead in their own effective ways. Also, it seems like both of them are effective in the same environment, which indicates that maybe society needs to accept different leadership styles and realize that they can be effective even if they are different.

What do you think?


  1. I’m not sure if the environment plays a factor in this situation as much as the individuals the leadership is projected toward; perhaps who you are leading matters more than where you’re leading. Yes, don’t get me wrong, environment definitely factors in, especially in business, government, or military settings, but these more seclusive, small group interactions tend to require a leader that can change his/her style based on the individuals form of communication.

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