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Would you say from experience, either task or relationship leadership style works better for DevOps? Or would you go for something else in this context than Forsyth's theory?

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Different types of leadership styles are required. If one would like to start with DevOps in a company one has to apply a different leadership style then when it is already implemented.

When one starts with DevOps a cultural change has to be done and engineers should get ride of for example the "through it over the wall" mindset. When DevOps has been implemented a leader should be able to communicate well with other teams to connect multiple departments in a company.

In summary, in the beginning a leadership style that motivates people to implement DevOps is required. Later communication between teams and how the team will work in the organization, i.e. more focus on external.

A leadership style that could be used to implement DevOps is a transformational leadership style.

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Healthy DevOps teams tend to be relatively small and relatively independent when they work really well. If you have a team like this, then task oriented leadership will work well because it fits nicely with the general DevOps philosophy.

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