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34 PCB007 MAGAZINE I JULY 2023 Feature Article by Brian Wallace HR STRATEGIES NOW Is your leadership style helping or hurting your hiring results? e influence of a leader- ship style on hiring practices is oen under- estimated, yet it plays a significant role in the long-term success of any business. e costs associated with hiring and onboarding a new employee can easily exceed their annual salary, not to mention the future impact their perfor- mance can have on the organization. So, pri- oritizing the hiring process and approaching it with careful consideration is crucial. Leadership styles are commonly categorized into six descriptors: autocratic, democratic, laissez-faire, transformational, transactional, and servant. Let's explore how each of these styles influences hiring practices. Autocratic Leaders Autocratic leaders tend to make decisions in a top-down manner. ey believe there is one Hiring With Leadership Style in Mind "best" way to recruit and make hiring decisions independently, without seeking input from others. While this approach may be advanta- geous in terms of speed, it can negatively impact team chemistry. Bias can easily creep in, as hir- ing like-minded individuals may become a pri- ority, which can hinder the diversity of ideas and creativity within the team. High-function- ing teams are created when members have a personal investment, and that investment is easier when they have the opportunity to influ- ence the composition of the team. Democratic Leaders Democratic leaders take a more collabor- ative approach, actively seeking input from others in the recruiting and selection process. ey are open to various recruiting sources and processes to identify high-quality candi- dates. Panel interviews or a sequence of indi-

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