6 Management Styles And Their Defining Factors

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Every business is unique with its own challenges and opportunities. Depending on given situations, leaders at all levels must be prepared to apply the appropriate management style when directing their teams. Whether at meetings, the office or corporate events, management plays a key role in the business world. Experts have identified six major styles that are apparent and necessary in all business environments.


Directive management is known for its top-down decision-making approach. This management strategy is concerned with order, rule-following and ensuring everyone does what they are supposed to. Since it can hamper optimal performance, the directive style is often not recommended, but it does promote focus throughout the team. It can be useful in times of emergency.


A manager with the authoritative style sets and communicates a vision that all employees are expected to follow. This style centers on long-term direction, with a firm but fair stance toward the team. Persuasion is the main motivational tool, so this style depends to a great extent on the manager’s personal credibility. An authoritative style is great for clarifying an enterprise’s direction.


Affiliative management reflects a sincere belief that people come first. This management style emphasizes the development of harmonious relationships in the workplace. By managing conflicts and striving to promote satisfaction, the workplace tends to be more flexible, creative and happy. This can be a great strategy for introducing a spirit of teamwork into an organization.


The participative management style inspires buy-in by building consensus around major decisions and their impact on personnel. Team effort is recognized and rewarded on a regular basis. This helps creates trust and inspire cooperation in the workplace. Experienced, qualified employees can thrive under a participative model, which is ideal in a brainstorming-focused environment.


Pacesetting management magnifies the major goals of an organization and motivates teams to deliver excellent performance. A manager using this style leads from the front and often takes on high-value tasks that he or she would prefer not to delegate. Self-direction occurs when the manager “hands off” tasks to employees. This is great for an innovative setting–like a startup.


The coaching style focuses on helping team members achieve the best work they possibly can. Each team member benefits from a high level of professional development, often personalized to individual strengths and goals. The manager’s expertise is respected and team members have good reason to be fully invested. Any motivated team can benefit.

Business leaders must understand the importance of blending and adapting different management styles. While each style may individually work best in certain situations, they collectively contribute to effective leadership in the long run.

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Another post from The Centre you might enjoy is “4 Qualities of a Good Leader.”

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