Leadership is a complex matter and there are many ways a leader can lead. To simplify simplicity, let's focus on three main stereotypes: leadership by example, leadership with coordination and leadership after appointment.
If you are dedicated, good to what you do and do it with great style – you are a priority for leadership by example. In such cases, people do not follow the leader directly but rather a precedent that he or she puts. Leadership with an example is efficient in the long run and more abstract goals.
A person who has a high perspective and understanding of a company can serve as a mediator between different parts of the system. A coordinator leader by confirming feedback and ensuring clear communication – it's a way to keep everyone moving in the same direction.
Leadership with control is the most direct approach. It works by becoming a recognized authority. (There are many ways to get involved: personal or professional trust, prize promise, fear of punishment, etc. Or just another clever personal marketing.) Leadership with a command is most effective in the short term and for the obvious perspective.
There are many ways to influence people and a leader must know many of them.
The best conditions for cooperation are when each member of the team has complete confidence in the intentions and abilities of other members, as well as a clear view of the goal and the steps that lead to it.
Perfect teamwork is invisible. In such an optimal condition everything is going smoothly and efficiently and potential problems are taken before even coming up. Of course, people in the sixth place rarely know, understand, trust, or endure enough for such group work.
Communications keep the team well oiled and without friction. A smaller group of people involves collaborating on recognizing the problems when they arise, interacting with other members of the team, and making the necessary changes.
As the teams get bigger and the goals are more complicated, communication becomes harder to achieve. To be able to work at this stage, the team must be well-structured. It will be necessary, not only to communicate, but to do it in the right way, for clear reasons and with the appropriate priorities.
Good collaboration maximizes the impact of communication at minimal cost. (If it's about it, it's called "bureaucracy.")