Essay on Leadership Styles

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This report is attempting to delve into the systemic differences autocratic, democratic and laissez-faire styles of leadership has on an individual, class, department or institution. As a nursing student, I believe it is important to understand the distinct differences inherent to each style as well as the benefits and disadvantages associated with the various styles of leadership. From my studies and observations an autocratic leader is less likely to use the opinions or suggestions of others; in fact they could be a working dictator. They are very hands on and believe their way is the only way. Autocratic leaders are normally inflexible. Working with or for this type of person could make for a very long day. (Lewin & Lippitt, 1938)…show more content…
In class or when I visit any hospital it is easy to spot the various leadership styles all you need to do is take a moment and observe the floor. Autocratic leaders are normally focused and many are micro managers for the lack of a better term(Lewin & Lippitt, 1938). We were told by the medical team at Cincinnati that my mother was brain dead and that as soon as she was taken off of life support she would transition quickly. The doctor was hurried, blunt and to the point when he addressed the family. I am convinced that he was and is an autocratic leader. This man seemed to look right through us to his next case. Autocratic leaders are take control focused and they get the job done under stressful situations (Lewin & Lippitt, 1938). We were all in such poor sprits hearing the bad news about my mother. It was refreshing when a very positive nurse began to explain my mother’s situation after the doctor left the room. I notice that although she was our attending nurse she was also in charge of the floor. Even though she would be assisting us she would from time to time assist her subordinates. She would use words and phrases such as how can “We…” (G. Pearson, personal communication, DATE). The democratic leader welcomes the opinions and suggestions of their subordinates. (Lewin & Lippitt, 1938) G. Pearson, the RSN nurse also worked at the Hamilton
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