Monday Minute: Autocratic, Paternalistic or… What’s Your Leadership Style?

Different types of leadership styles exist in work environments. Advantages and disadvantages exist within each leadership style. The culture and goals of an organization determine which leadership style fits the firm best. Some companies offer several leadership styles within the organization, dependent upon the necessary tasks to complete and departmental needs.

Laissez-Faire Leadership Style “Let it be” – the leadership responsibilities are shared by all. • Can be very useful in businesses where creative ideas are important. • Can be highly motivational, as people have control over their working life. • Relies on good team work and good interpersonal relations.

Autocratic Leadership Style Leader makes decisions without reference to anyone else. • High degree of dependency on the leader. • Can create de-motivation and alienation of staff. • May be valuable in some types of business where decisions need to be made quickly and decisively.

Democratic Leadership Style Values the input of team members and peers, but the responsibility of making the final decision rests with the participative leader. • Boosts employee morale because employees make contributions to the decision-making process. It causes them to feel as if their opinions matter. • This style meets challenges when companies need to make a decision in a short period.

Paternalistic leadership style Leader acts as a “father figure”. • Paternalistic leader makes decisions but may consult. • Believes in need to support staff.

Now you know different leadership styles. Which one suits you the most? Let us know in the comments.

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