Management Bullshit – Leadership Styles: Authoritative, Laissez-faire, Participative

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Authoritative Leadership
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Maintain strong control over the people in the group, give orders and expect others to obey, dominate the group, and motivate others with fear or rewards
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Authoritative Leadership
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Work often proceeds smoothly, productivity is often high, and procedures are usually well defined
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Authoritative Leadership
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Creativity, autonomy, and self-motivation are stifled, and the needs of group members go unrecognized
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Laissez-faire/permissive Leadership
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Use a nondirective style
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Laissez-faire/permissive Leadership
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Generally inactive and passive– do not work actively to move the group forward
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Laissez-faire/permissive Leadership
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Group members have a great deal of freedom and self-control
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Laissez-faire/permissive Leadership
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Members can become disinterested and apathetic, goals may remain unclear, group members receive little or no feedback on their contributions, and often there is confusion about the procedures that guide the work of the group.
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Laissez-faire/permissive Leadership
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Results in group activity that is usually unproductive, inefficient, and unsatisfying for group members
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Participative Leadership
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Has confidence in the ability of group members and actively stimulates and guides them to use their abilities to achieve the group’s goals
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Participative Leadership
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Leader and the followers are mutually responsive, communication is multidirectional, and any member of the group is expected to assume the role of leader as the situation requires

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