Business Management - Autocratic management style
Autocratic management style
Autocratic, authoritarian, dictatorial, directive, persuasive - the
characteristics exhibited by this management style include:
* C - This management style is highly centralised with all power and
authority invested in one or a small number of managers. There is little or
no delegation of tasks to employees and all responsibility remains with the
manager. The span of control is broad with the manager in charge of a
significant number of employees.
* O - The manager exhibiting this management style is totally
task-oriented and no concessions or considerations are given to employees
during the time when the task needs to be performed.
* M - The wage is used by management as the only incentive or reward to
employees to perform their tasks. The manager believes that the wage should
be the only necessary incentive and that if the employee is not performing
to benchmark then the employee's employment status should be terminated.
* D - The manager makes all decision for the employees and the employees
have no input into the decision-making process. The manager either believes
that the employees do not have the time to assist with the decision-making
process as it would distract them from their primary and core tasks or that
they do not have the necessary skills to act in that capacity.
* A - Managers are not concerned about the welfare of the employees as
they are task-oriented and any feedback to the employees tends to be
negative and reactive. The managers are concerned with ensuring that the
employees perform the tasks at hand and not what their career path may be
and how to assist them to achieve it.
* C - The communication exhibited by the manager using the autocratic
style is usually very formal in style, top down and one way information
giving. There is little or no encouragement of input or feedback from
employees to managers and any initiation of communication comes from the
managers only. Communication tends to be in memo style in the main.
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