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Autocratic Leadership

Autocratic Leadership

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Autocratic Leadership
³The cardinal responsibility of leadership is to identify the dominantcontradiction at each point of the historical process and to work out a centralline to resolve it.´ (Mao Tse-tung).³The art of leadership consists in consolidating the attention of thepeople against a single adversary and taking care that nothing will split upthat attention.´ (Adolf Hitler).³The people who cast the votes don't decide an election, the peoplewho count the votes do.´  (Joseph Stalin).Based on the statements above, we can observe identical ideas fromthe people who said it.  The similarity among them is the fixed andunchangeable way of conveying their message. If we look thoroughly totheir message, and if we assumed that we are under their provision, theprobability that we will obey their rules and wants will be positive. But first,who are those people stated above.Mao Tse-tung was a Han Chinese revolutionary, political theoristand communist leader. He led the People's Republic of China (PRC) from itsestablishment in 1949 until his death in 1976. His theoretical contributionto Marxism-Leninism, military strategies, and his brand of Communistpolicies are now collectively known as Maoism.Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of theNational Socialist German Workers Party (German: NationalsozialistischeDeutsche Arbeiterpartei, abbreviated NSDAP), commonly known as the NaziParty. He was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945, and servedas head of state as Führer und Reichskanzler from 1934 to 1945.Joseph Stalin was a Soviet politician and head of state who served asthe first General Secretary of the Communist Party of the SovietUnion's Central Committee from 1922 until his death in 1953. Stalinassumed the leading role of the state after Vladimir Lenin's death in 1924,and gradually marginalized his competitors until he had become theunchallenged leader.  
Those persons were all leaders of their era and nations; they have theluxury of getting or pursuing possessions that they want with the use of their power. Another common attitude among the three is the nationalisticand patriotic approach to their country, that¶s why they made significantchanges not only in their homeland but also in our world. They deal withtheir countrymen using their authority; they dominated different nationsusing their creative minds that lead them to right decision making andproper implementation.Knowing the traits and characteristics of the leaders above, the nextquestion is what is their leadership style? As a leader, they are theautocrats. They used autocracy to gain supremacy and rule masses.Autocratic leadership is the style that they used to sustain influence withintheir hands. Autocratic leadership to be called dictatorship where only oneperson is entitled to workers or followers may be synonymous. The decisioncan be taken as the golden rule and should never be questioned. They planout everything and to order his subordinates according to their rules work.For example, if a company's managing director, company employees as anautocratic leader will have to work according to rules set down by him. Intheir favour, which actually may help the company increase productivitycontribution would not expect any. In short, the autocratic leader has fullcontrol of the people around him and he wants them to complete treatmentas the right believes.So as a leader, many experts said that autocratic leadership is one of the most effective way in achieving triumphant results. The leader as adecision maker will attain credits after successful projects because he¶s theone who gives directions and plans for the group. But in a pessimisticapproach, if the plan failed, the leader will be liable to everything that he hasdone; he will be the person to blame for not achieving the desired outcome.According to ³Guide to nursing management and leadership 8
 edition´, the descriptions of an autocratic leader are as follows: has thestrong control, Gives orders, Does decision making, does the planning,Directive and fosters dependency. If a person has these traits, he/ she canbe an autocratic leader. But according to leadership theory styles.com, TheAutocratic Leadership Style has been criticized by younger, higher skilledworkers who resist the notion of a 'boss' to answer to. And, the authoritarianleader tends to be abrasive to more entrepreneurial personalities.
So if you want to have acquaintances, experts said that it is notadvisable to use autocratic leadership because many people might hate yourpersonality especially in terms of group project or role playing activities. Butif you are willing to sacrifice comradeship for a better future, you can useautocratic leadership style.Some nations can tolerate autocracy, in addition to China and Russia,another autocratic country is North Korea. Kim Jong il as their leader,initiates nuclear making for security purposes. North Korea and South Koreahas a long period war, South Korea started peace negotiations but NorthKorea didn¶t comply with the conditions of South Korea. The question is, withthe current population of North Korea, is it fair enough that the only decisionfor everyone will come from their leader?For me, autocratic leadership is a very good way in achieving specificgoals of a group, but I think autocracy will not be good enough to sustainharmonious relationship in the workplace. As a nurse, it is important to havea discussion with different fields of the medical team for a better result.Autocratic leadership uses downward communication wherein the leader orthe head will think and if there¶s a decision, he / she will just promulgate itto his / her members without asking their comments, suggestions oropinions. There¶s a great disadvantage of using it especially if the leader andhis / her colleagues have the same capacity and skills to do work becausethe members might have a better plan but because of the autocracy, theywill be hold back to say it.

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