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Leadership Styles

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Matthew Mock

on 27 January 2014

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Transcript of Leadership Styles

Laissez-faire Leadership
*Also called delegative leadership
*Leaders are hands-off and allow group members to make the decisions.
*Researchers have found that this is generally the leadership style that leads to the lowest productivity among group members.
Managers with experienced workers
Leadership Survey
Autocratic Leadership
*Also known as Authoritarian Leadership
*Make choices based on their own ideas and judgments
*Absolute, authoritarian control
Democratic Leadership
*Also known as participative leadership
*Style in which members of the group take a more participative role in the decision-making process

What Leadership Traits does he have?
Leadership Styles
Works when
When to use it
Needing ideas
Voting issues
Flexible Time
Members understand the topic
After learning about the 3 styles
you can determine which one
was illustrated
Autocratic leaders are unidirectional
This leader directs and orders group
members to do various tasks
Does not listen to input from others
Leader has little trust in group members
Decides on how the work needs to be done
Examples of Autocratic Leaders
Physical Education Teachers
Drill Sergeants
Communication is understood by a
clear and concise message
The leader has a plan that goes hand-in-hand
with the purpose of the task
Communication is consistent and is not contradicted
When to use this Style
Time constraints- needing a quick response
Leader is most knowledgeable on topic
Group members get distracted easily and they need someone to get them on point
Group members are informed and treated with respect
Exploitive Autocratic
Crisis Management
When other leadership styles fail
Extreme version of autocratic leadership
Message is "You will do it"
Leader wants attention- Lifeguard example
Benevolent Autocratic
Parent-like leader
Message is "Do it, please"
Still directing but adds reasons behind it
Looks out for the best interest of others
Looks out for him/herself
*Researchers have found that this learning style is usually one of the most effective and lead to higher productivity, better contributions from group members, and increased group morale.
Leader shares reasoning behind decisions

Asks for and receives group input

Group members are encouraged to participate

Creativity from the group is rewarded

Group and leader comes up with the process and decisions to be made throughout
Group delegates by voting and accepting majority opinion

Group members feel some of the responsibility as well

Trust relationship is formed from group members and leader

Everyone is committed since combined effort
President in fraternity/sorority
Event leader needing ideas
Works when
Group members are willing to input
The leader is willing to be outgoing
The leader has trust from the group
Consultive Democratic
Message is "How would you like to do it?"
Leader sincerely tries to make people feel included
Implies trust within the group
French literally means "let it be"
Leaders shy away from the decision-making
Described as "an absence of leadership"
Complete freedom is given to the group members
Captains of sport teams
Works when
A group member feels empowered
and emerges as a leader
The group dynamic is strong
The leader still provides feedback when needed
The leader is easily approachable
When to use this style
The leader has a lack of confidence
When you need creative ideas with no judgment
Have complete faith in your group
***This style of leadership may leave your group with little or no direction and can lead to low morale due to frustration
**Only use if you know the group will perform at a good level with minimal help from a leader
This 30 question survey will help you determine what kind of leader you are


So what type
of Leadership
Style was
portrayed from
the video
Participative Democratic
Leader has the most trust in group
Message is "What do you think we should do?"
Full group involvement in decisions
"Group Effort"
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