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Such styles vary from leader to leader, from situation to situation, and from organisation to organisation.
³Leadership style is a pattern of behaviour designed to integrate organisational and personal interest in pursuit of some objective´. - - -Edwin Flippo The main types of leadership styles are as follows:
1. Autocratic style: An autocrat is the one who takes all decisions by himself and expects to be obeyed by his subordinates. The subordinates have no scope to question the superior. Certain points to be noted in this respect:
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The superior makes the decision. The superior does not consult the subordinates in decision making. The superior is responsible for the decision. The relations between superior and subordinates are formal.
This style is suitable when:
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Quick decisions are to be made. Subordinates are inexperienced and it does not make any sense to consult them. Subordinates are not affected by the decisions.
2. Bureaucratic style: This type of leadership style is more followed in government departments. The bureaucrats often follow rules and regulations in totality. They do not use their discretion, even to do away with more formalities. They strictly follow the scalar chain principle, even in the case of urgency. The following points to be noted:
The bureaucrat takes the decisions by strictly following the formalities, or rules and regulations.
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The subordinates are often not consulted. The bureaucrat may avoid responsibility. The relations between superior and subordinates are formal. This style results in delay and red tapism, and unwanted paper work.
The leader is respected and treated as a father figure by the subordinates. The leader along with the group takes part in decision making. Laissez-faire style: This style aims at creating a family atmosphere within the organisation. . the leader consults his subordinates before taking a decision. The following points are to be noted: y y y y The superior consults his subordinates before making his decision. The subordinates may give their suggestions or comments. The leader feels that it is always advisable to consult the subordinates. Consultative Style: In this type. Participative style: The leader not only consults the subordinates. This type style is suitable when: y y y Group decision making is required. There are experienced and matured followers.3. The leader may consult his subordinates. Both the leader and the group share the responsibility for making the decision. The following points to be noted: y y The superior consults the subordinates before making a decision. 4. The following points to be noted: y y y This style is mostly followed in Japanese organisations. The relations between the superior and subordinates are informal. The subordinates are experienced and matured and can provide suggestion and comments. The suggestions and the comments of the subordinates are vital in making a decision. The relations are informal. The leader considers himself as a parent figure. y y y The superior makes the decision. This type style is suitable when: y y y There is no urgency of the decision. but allows them to take part in decision making. There is an immediate possibility of opposition from a group of followers. This type of leader is open minded and would welcome suggestions from the subordinates before making a decision. which allows the leader to consult subordinates. which the superior may or may not accept. The superior is responsible for the decision. 5.
. He is highly sensitive and gets quickly upset at failures. y The superior consults the subordinates for decision making. depending upon the decision and the situation.y y Mostly the leader takes the decision. where there are handfuls of employees. They keep people happy even at the cost of the organisation. guides. The following points are to be noted: y y y The leader may be eccentric and emotional. Sociocratic Style: Sociocratic attempt to run their organisations like a social club. The leader is responsible for decision making. the leadership style varies depending upon the situation. Neurocratic Style: A Neurocratic leader is highly task oriented and wants to get the things done at any cost. the interest of the subordinates comes first. The leader may not consult the subordinates in decision making. consultative at times. and just one leader or boss. 7. The relations are very homely. The following points are to be noted: y The superior take the decision by keeping the interest of the subordinates. but he may shift the responsibility on to his subordinates. This means. For them. In other words. Situational Style: Now-a-days. 6. the leader may be autocratic at times. 8. the managers follow situational leadership style. and than that of the organisation. The leader advises. They believe in a warm and pleasant atmosphere. They believe that good fellowship or friendship is more important than productivity. and participative at times. and helps the subordinates even during their personal hardships. This type of style is more suitable in small organisations. The interest of the organisation may be secondary. in most well managed organisations.