Supportive leaders are often seen as individuals who focus heavily on the
physical and psychological well-being of their followers, for whom they have a
They are similar to transformational leaders in that both types are concerned
with the development of their employees and teams. These leaders inspire and
motivate employees to achieve the organization's targets, whilst also building
and navigating their own careers. Their vision inspires and provides a strong
sense of purpose and direction.
Often referred to as team or coaching leadership, these leaders must, however, be
effective coaches, able to teach and lead for this style to be effective. Roles
as team captains in sports are often characterized by supportive leadership.