Autocratic Leadership : Authoritarian Leadership

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Autocratic leadership can manifest in different ways. It is therefore not completely rigid and different situations can influence how the organisation and the leader implement the style. The three manifestations are: • Directing autocratic leadership • Permissive autocratic leadership • Paternalistic autocratic leadership These three, while still showcasing the core characteristics of autocratic style, tend to use slightly different ways of approaching the flexibility within the decision-making process. The different varieties are explained in the following chart: Directing Permissive Paternalistic The most common and the most rigid form of the basic autocratic leadership style. Subordinates are closely monitored and the leader is unlikely to consult subordinates in terms of decisions. A slightly more open autocratic leadership. While the leader is in charge of making the final decision, subordinates enjoy some flexibility in deciding themselves how to perform tasks. Uses the core characteristics of autocratic leadership, but balances them with concern over the wellbeing and happiness of the subordinates. In terms of examples from the real world, the directing autocratic leadership is evident in environments such as the military. These situations require a relatively rigid leadership style in which the subordinates are monitored to ensure no mistakes are made at any point of completing the tasks. On the other hand, permissive autocratic leadership can benefit
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