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Managerial Leading Styles

Mountain State University Introduction to Business Discussion Assignment

Discussion – Managerial Leading Styles

Our assignment was to describe the different managerial leadership styles and
indicated the pros and cons of each style. Discuss different scenarios in which
one style might be more appropriate than others. Give at least one scenario for
each leadership style.


Autocratic, Free-rein, and Particpative
by Michael Stratton

Leadership styles can be classified into 3 types including autocratic,
free-rein, and participative.

Autocratic –
Managers retain full authority for decision making with little or no input from
employees. When a company’s product loses sales over a period of time, a manager
may need to lay off employees. Autocratic would be the best management style in
this situation.

Free-rein –
Authority is delegated to employees. Management communicate goals to
employees but allow the employees to to choose how to complete the objectives.
Free-rein would be a good choice for a sales team that is well educated and
versed in the product and sales. The sales team would be judged on there
performance, and self motivation would be a key factor in a positive

Participative –
Managers accept some employee input but usually make the final
decision. A manufacturing plant may choose this type to encourage employee moral
and production. The manager could ask for ways to improve the line; therefore,
the employees could offer input into any problem areas. This would result in the
employee feeling a sense of importance with and to the company, as opposed to
being just “line workers” with no input on employees decisions. This feeling of
importance would translate into the employees working harder to produce positive
results for the company.


Additional Leadership Styles
by Professor Nancy Wood


Excellent discussion postings and reply postings this week! Well done.

May I add, other types of leadership styles that can be found, are:

Charismatic Leadership: In charismatic leadership, the leader
puts in energy and enthusiasm into the project of the team. He/she does motivate
and helps employees; though he/she may, at times, tend to boast much about his
leadership skills and capabilities.

Bureaucratic Leadership: A bureaucratic leader is one who makes
sure that the standard procedures of the process is followed by the team
members. This style rules out the scope for trying out new problem solving
methods and enhancing the project performance.

Relation-oriented Leadership: This style is also referred to as
people-oriented style. In this corporate leadership style, the leader tries
his/her best to support and mentor the team members, which in turn turns out to
be beneficial for the project.

Servant Leadership: In servant leadership, the leader is not
officially intended to act as a leader. He/she is just an informal leader who
takes one step forward on behalf of his/her team members. He/she takes decisions
collectively by consulting with his/her colleagues.

Transformational Leadership: This is a good leadership style
that is suitable for any work environment. In transformational leadership, the
leader provides motivation to his/her team, to perform tasks for the on-time
deliverable of the project.

Task-oriented Leadership: A task-oriented leader is usually
known for only focusing on what his/her team has to achieve. Though, unlike in
autocratic leadership, he might understand the needs and welfare of the team

Transactional Leadership: This is a somewhat direct kind of
effective leadership. It includes a direct authority given to the leader with
regards to punishing and rewarding team members, owing to the results of the

Situational Leadership: As the name suggests, situational
leadership is not associated with any kind of style. It is adopted when a leader
changes types of leadership styles in order to get the work done considering the

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