Compare and Contrast Autocratic and Democratic Leadership Styles

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Autocratic leadership is a classical leadership style with the following characteristics: manager seeks to make as many decisions as possible, manager seeks to have the most authority and control in decision making, manager seeks to retain responsibility rather than utilise complete delegation , consultation with other colleagues in minimal and decision making becomes a solitary process managers are less concerned with investing their own leadership development, and prefer to simply work on the task at hand. Whereas Democratic Leadership is the leadership style that promotes the sharing of responsibility, the exercise of delegation and continual consultation. The style has the following characteristics: manager seeks consultation on all…show more content…
Many leaders who start pursuing leadership development are often trying to improve upon their organisations autocratic leadership style.
Each of these leadership styles has its own benefits (advantages) & disadvantages and they are as follows:
Advantages of autocratic leadership Style Advantages democratic leadership style
Reduced stress due to increased control: where the manager ultimately has significant legal and personal responsibility for a project, it will comfort them and reduce their stress levels to know that they have control over their fate. Positive work environment: a culture where junior employees are given fair amount of responsibility and are allowed to challenge themselves is one where employees are more enthused to work and enjoy what they do.
A more productive group ‘while the leader is watching’: the oversight that an autocratic manager exerts over a team improves their working speed and makes them less likely to slack. Successful initiatives: the process of consultation and feedback naturally results in better decision making and more effective operations.
Improved logistics of operations: having one leader with heavy involvement in many areas makes it more likely that problems are spotted in advance and deadlines met. Creative thinking The free flow of ideas and positive work environment is the perfect catalyst for creative thinking.
Faster decision making: when only one person makes
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