Leadership Styles

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“The leaders who work most effectively, it seems to me, never say "I." And that's not because they have trained themselves not to say "I." They don't think "I." They think "we"; they think "team." They understand their job to be to make the team function. They accept responsibility and don't sidestep it, but "we" gets the credit. This is what creates trust, what enables you to get the task done.” ― Peter F. Drucker Based on the questionnaire “How Do You lead” – Simon Oates (appendix 1), I am going to look my leadership styles compared to others. There are many different types of leadership including Autocratic, Bureaucratic, democratic and paternalistic. According to the results of the questionnaire the leadership style that closely matches my behaviour is Paternalistic Leadership, style that followed second to matching my styles is Bureaucratic Leadership. I partly agree with some of the descriptions of both styles although there are certain elements that I do not agree with. “The way a Paternalistic leader works is by acting as a father figure by taking care of their subordinates as a parent would. In this style of leadership the leader supplies complete concern for his followers or workers. In return he receives the complete trust and loyalty of his people. Workers under this style of leader are expected to become totally committed to what the leader believes and will not strive of and work independently. The relationship between these co-workers and leader are extremely solid. The workers are expected to stay with a company for a longer period of time because of the loyalty and trust. Not only do they treat each other like family inside the work force, but outside too. These workers are able to go to each other with any problems they have regarding something because they believe in what they say is going to truly help them” Erben and Guneser, Gul and Ayse (November 2008). The bureaucratic leadership style is concerned with ensuring workers follow rules and...
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