Ilm Understanding Leadership Essay

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ILM ASSIGNMENT 1 Understanding leadership styles 1.1 – Leadership styles vary throughout the workplace. Certain situations require certain leadership styles and they do not always cross over. For instance in a transport maintenance workshop the work load will be known by the manager who then allocates work to each individual knowing their strengths and weaknesses. Quite “autocratic”, though the team members do still have an input and a sense of owning the job because they have “a democratic” input in deciding whether to replace components or repair particular faults. In DBS, operational staff are rostered to carry out specific jobs for the day and are left to manage the completion of the job. Each team member is competent in the task they undertake. The managers need not intervene unless requested to do so. The results are monitored for efficiencies. This is very “task orientated” with “laissez-faire” management. Train driving is very rules orientated and requires the driver to follow strict protocols. This is a high risk environment that requires a high level of safety awareness and would probably fall under the “bureaucratic” leadership style. This again tends to fall under the “laissez faire” management style. The managers monitor but do not get involved in day to day operations with drivers. An office would be different yet again with more a” democratic” or “people orientated” environment with leanings towards more collective goals and each individual contributing their efforts to the team objectives. 1.2 – The differing styles all have their place and trying to input one style into another would not necessarily work. You couldn’t put a people orientated style into a task orientated situation like the one above. Autocratic leadership can cause aggravation and discontent in the workforce. This could be a cause for low moral and high staff turnover

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