When leaders are aware of the different leadership styles, they can choose the style that suits them best or integrate the styles together to reach a desired outcome. Different leadership styles can create the same results, but will have a different effect on team members.
Someone with an “Authoritative” leadership style leads based on fear. These leaders are effective and organized, but they stunt innovation and creativity.
When to use
This works very well in organizations like the military or government entities where there is not a lot of room for grey areas. You need clear rules and regulations and the leader needs a lot of control.
The authoritative leader dictates based on authority and uses fear as a means to control those being led. Their leadership style is based on consequences, so the person being led is afraid of what might happen if they don’t follow the structure. They are afraid they will lose their job or get demoted.
Examples: Military, other government entities and some Fortune 500 companies.
- Very organized. There is not a lot of grey area. Everything is very black and white.
- Very distinct hierarchical structure from the top down.
- The leader has a lot of control.
- Very effective.
- Lack of creativity because those being led are afraid to fail.
- Those being led feel demoralized.
- Lack of individuality. - Innovation becomes difficult.
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