Unit Code: 8600-308
Unit Title: UNDERSTANDING LEADership
AC 1.1 Describe the factors that will influence the choice of leadership styles or behaviours in the work place
AC 1.1 Autocratic Leader
Autocratic leadership, also known as authoritarian leadership is a leadership style characterized by individual control over all decisions and little input from group members. Autocratic leaders typically make choices based on their own ideas and judgments and rarely accept advice from followers. Autocratic leadership involves absolute, authoritarian control over a group. It can also be derived as a dictator, domineering and aggressive behaviour. An autocratic leadership can be beneficial in some circumstances such as that decisions have to be made quickly without consulting anyone, also when projects sometimes require strong leadership so that things can get accomplished quickly and effectively. Some team members may actually prefer the autocratic style this can let the team focus on performing tasks without worrying about the decisions that have to be made, this style of management does have its problems managers / team leaders can learn to use the elements of this style wisely and correctly. As an example autocratic management can be used effectively when the leader has the most knowledge and has access to information that can make the task more productive. This style of management is best used when the team are primarily unskilled workers, casual workers or new starters.
Democratic leadership, also known as participative leadership is a type of leadership style in which members of the group take a more participative role in the decision-making process. Group member are encouraged to share their thoughts democratic leadership can lead to better ideas and more