Management styles and their impact on your office

The way that you are perceived as a boss can have a direct impact on your relationships with staff and clients. Typically, a person’s management style can be assigned to one of five categories: authoritarian; self-sufficient; participative; compassionate; and passive. 



Examine whether or not your management approach aligns with the any of the below styles, and then consider the effects that your management style may have on your employees and overall business.


1)      Authoritarian – you lead by decree, which leaves little room for outside input. You’re typically organised and have a clearly defined plan that your employees must follow to the letter. Whilst this kind of leadership style can potentially work to organise and inspire staff, the lack of outside contribution from employees may lead to problems with staff morale;


2)      Self-sufficient – if you are a self-sufficient leader, you may find that you complete a lot of tasks by yourself and delegate very little to others. Be wary that if you are self sufficient leader, accountability for tasks may fall solely on you; you may also encounter periods where tasks accumulate and you become overwhelmed by work;


3)      Participative – your management style finds a balance between authoritarian and self-sufficient. You seek the opinions and suggestions of others before making decisions which enables your employees to see you as a “team player”. While this style can help to garner respect from your employees, it may also extend the length of decision making processes which could, in turn, have negative impacts on workplace productivity and efficiency.


4)      Compassionate – as well as productivity, you find yourself genuinely concerned with the wellbeing of your office. As such, your decisions are often made with the view to pleasing everyone. For a leader such as yourself, it is important to remember that agonising too much over a decision can end up pleasing no one. Compassion is important, but so too is decisiveness;


5)      Passive – You are hands-off because you’re confident in the abilities of your staff. As a result, your employees gain a sense of autonomy, trust and responsibility. Be careful, however, not to let allow staff waste time and take advantage of this passive approach. It’s important to also make sure that you’re employees are actually capable of doing the jobs that you’ve entrusted them with.


Each management style has a unique set of potential benefits and drawbacks. Given such, you may want to consider developing a management approach that integrates the best aspects of each style.

Posted by George Tarbey on 08/03/2013 at 12:00 AM | Categories:


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