Leadership Essay

648 WordsJan 21, 20133 Pages
Leadership styles Leadership style is the manner and approach of providing direction, implementing plans, and motivating people. Kurt Lewin (1939) led a group of researchers to identify different styles of leadership. This early study has been very influential and established three major leadership styles. The three major styles of leadership are: Authoritarian or autocratic This style is used when leaders tell their employees what they want done and how they want it accomplished, without getting the advice of their followers. Some of the appropriate conditions to use it is when you have all the information to solve the problem, you are short on time, and your employees are well motivated. Participative or democratic This style involves the leader including one or more employees in the decision making process (determining what to do and how to do it). However, the leader maintains the final decision making authority. Using this style is not a sign of weakness, rather it is a sign of strength that your employees will respect. Delegative or Free Reign In this style, the leader allows the employees to make the decisions. However, the leader is still responsible for the decisions that are made. This is used when employees are able to analyze the situation and determine what needs to be done and how to do it. You cannot do everything! You must set priorities and delegate certain tasks. Although good leaders use all three styles, with one of them normally dominant, a good leader cannot stick with one style. Great leaders need to adapt and change based upon the objectives, needs of group members and situational factors. Participative leadership I considered participative leadership as my own style of leadership, some few years back I took up a position of a district manager of a restaurant with approximately 20 restaurants under my supervision. I had no skills or

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