By Forsyth and frequently cited, there are the following types of leadership, namely by task either relationship focus:
- Task-oriented (or task-focused) leadership is a behavioral approach in which the leader focuses on the tasks that need to be performed in order to meet certain goals, or to achieve a certain performance standard.
- Relationship-oriented (or relationship-focused) leadership is a behavioral approach in which the leader focuses on the satisfaction, motivation and the general well-being of the team members.
Now, does this apply to IT teams - and if yes, is there any difference? Examples without uniqueness because they might apply to other teams as well: In IT teams, many colleagues can be for good reasons extremely focused on the matter of subject and can become upset if tasks are not clear/formal enough. Also, teams are quite often partly or completely virtual.