WHAT IT MEANS.

According to Lewin’s leadership model we all tend towards one management style of either authoritarian, democratic, or laissez-faire leader.

 

Which one were you? 

MANAGEMENT STYLE RESULTS 

IF YOU ANSWERED WITH MOSTLY A’s

You lean toward an authoritarian or autocratic leadership style. You’re more comfortable to tell your team what you want, when you want it, & how you want it done.

This style works well in a crisis, when a task must be completed quickly. However, you do have the potential to lose engagement with your team, demotivate & even aggravate people if you use this style all the time.

 

IF YOU ANSWERED WITH MOSTLY B’s

You're more democratic in your style of leadership. You tend to set parameters for the work & have the final say on decisions, but you actively involve your team members in the process.

 

This style builds trust between you & your people, as they'll likely feel engaged & valued. It can also have a negative consequence in times of high-pressure that requires instant decisions or a fast turnaround.

 

IF YOU ANSWERED WITH MOSTLY C’s

Your default style is delegating or as the French say "laissez faire." You give your team members free-rein in how they work toward their goals. This works best in highly trusted environments with people who are highly skilled & self motivated, working with contractors & freelancers.

 

But if a team member is inexperienced or untrustworthy or if you lose sight of what's going on, this approach can backfire catastrophically.

 

WHAT NEXT? 

You've taken the first step in becoming a more effective manager - By understanding your own natural management style you're more aware of how it effects your team & how you start to adapt your management approach to fit the specific situation. 

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