Leadership is indeed a combination of science and art.

The science aspect of leadership refers to the use of systematic approaches and models such as transformational, transactional, situational, servant, and authentic leadership.

These models provide leaders with a framework to understand and apply key principles of effective leadership.

On the other hand, the art of leadership refers to the ability to apply those principles in a flexible, intuitive and creative manner with a personal touch.

It requires the leader to have emotional intelligence, empathy, communication skills, and the ability to navigate complex social dynamics.

The art of just knowing when to lean in and when not.

The art of listening without needing to respond.

The art of just knowing when you let go and when to intervene.

A leader who can balance both the science and art of leadership will be more effective in inspiring and guiding their followers to achieve shared goals.

Leaders must understand what works best in their particular situation and adapt their leadership style accordingly.

In some situations, it may be most effective to be directive; in others, being more participative might work best. The key is knowing which style will work best for you and your team at any given time and situation.

In others, a more participative approach might be more effective, where the leader involves team members in decision-making, encourages collaboration, and empowers team members to take ownership of tasks.

The key to effective leadership, therefore, is knowing which style to use at any given time and situation.

This requires the leader to have a good understanding of their own leadership style, the strengths and weaknesses of their team members, and the context of the situation.

By adapting to the needs of the situation, a leader can create a more effective and productive team. However, it may also vary depending on the individual or the team being led.

It is important for a leader to be flexible and adaptable whilst following a systematic modelled approach.

In this way, a great leader can create a more positive and productive work environment.