Leadership Styles

Autocratic

This type of leader makes all decisions and asks members only to be obedient in following orders.  He will give detailed instructions and closely supervise subordinates.

Advantage

Time is not wasted consulting with others to reach a decision.

Disadvantage

Workers must comply with directives given by the leader and therefore the organization will not benefit from workers initiative and innovative ideas

Democratic

A democratic leader allows the participation of subordinates in decision making.  The leader asks for progress reports at intervals instead of continuous close supervision.

Advantage

Discussion between management and workers leads an improved relationship.

Disadvantage

The variety of opinions to consider may slow down the decision making process.

Laissez-Faire

This type of leader will give minimum directives and allow maximum freedom for workers to make decisions about completing their tasks.

Advantage

The firm will benefit from the initiative and innovation of workers.

Disadvantage

It may lead to chaos in the organization. This type of style can only be used with persons that are very self- motivated and disciplined.

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