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  • 02nd March 2010

Management Styles for Success

From Carl Jung’s psychological typifications to Belbin’s categorisation of team roles, there are numerous studies and theories surrounding personality and how it relates to leadership and management style.

Management styles are simply concepts and theories that influence the general work environment of an organisation and over the years, economists and business gurus have fostered and developed several management styles, each surfacing from a different school of thought.

Different organisational situations call for different styles of management and regardless of the organisation and management style in question, the objective of profitability always remains the bottom line of any business.

If you want to find out what kind of manager you are then you could carry out a personality test, many of which can be completed for free online. Your personality coupled with organisational culture and requirements are the key determinants in what sort of management style you follow.

Reading about different types of leadership also helps you to identify the specific management style you are most akin to and helps you determine which style might be best suited to your working environment.

There are three main types of management style present in business today; autocratic, democratic and laissez faire. Each different management style relates to levels of control, whether this is how much control managers have over their employees and how much control is given to the workforce.

If you adopt an autocratic or authoritarian management style then authority is 100% in the hands of management and the chain of command is emphasised.

This high control approach can help to forge an environment of discipline though can sometimes cause dissatisfaction amongst employees as they may not get an opportunity to input their thoughts and ideas, especially as communication tends to be top-down.

A democratic management style focuses on involving the employees more and staff opinion is encouraged, respected and taken into consideration when business decisions are being made.

An open door policy is typical in a democratic management environment, also known as participative management, and emphasis is placed on management and employees communicating freely with each other.

Laissez-faire is another one of the main types of management style where communication is free flowing between all employees and managers. Laissez-faire is a liberal style of management so responsibility can sometimes be unclear and this type of management tends to only work well amongst a highly trained and motivated workforce.

When considering which type of management will work best for your organisation it is important to remember you do not have to adopt only one style; you can fuse together different styles of management to get the best results for the organisation and its employees.

Whether you work in office space in New York City or operate from a factory in China, there is sometimes no one best style for the situation and leaders must adjust their leadership style to the situation as well as to the people being led.