Leadership Styles

This material is prepared for Principles of Management course (MG6851) offered to Mechanical Engineering dept at SNS College of Engineering. The Unit IV – Directing syllabus is covered here.

Part 2

In continuation to part 1, lets know discuss and understand the different kind of leadership style we often come across. Each of the styles we are about to discuss is based on –

  1. The way which one would carry out the function as a leader
  2. A consistent pattern of behavior is often reflected through action/words
  3. A behavior that has been developed by consciously or sub-consciously over time

The above one or combination forms styles –

  1. Traditional
  2. Negotiating
  3. Charismatic

Each styles have their own strength and weakness and some action plan to progress further.

  1. Traditional : This form of styles assumes decisive form of orientation. Common sense is often relied as a best way to understand the situation. The person often reflects follow-up of commitments that would have attention to details. One would see that the meetings are often focused with no praise and appraisal of employees. Rule is everything in this kind of system! People with this kind of style need to work on developing people skills
  2. Negotiating : This form of styles assumes adaptable form of orientation. Changes is often relied as a best way to understand the situation. The person reflects open-minded, finds easy to praise employees, and never projects being judgmental on others views. This style is seen to have lag in keeping up commitments and seem unpredictable towards the employees! People with this kind of style need to work on organising staff around to remind the important aspects of work, especially unpleasant ones
  3. Charismatic : This form of styles assumes democratic form of orientation. People skills is often relied as a best way to understand the situation. The person reflects as a motivator, optimistic towards tasks and people. This style is seen to have self-praise by oneself. May soon run out of energy! People with this kind of style need to work on keeping priorities in view
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