"My management style is there is no such thing as non-important people in the company."
--- Mickey Drexler
Depending on where one researches, most management experts break down management styles into five or six types. These include autocratic, coaching, affiliative, participative, and pacesetting. Some managers adopt a little from each style and others stick with just one way of managing.
It's not that sticking to one is completely bad and it all depends on under what circumstances you are managing. For example, an autocratic style is basically, "It's my way or the highway." This style comes in handy for emergency room situations, or military, law enforcement, or fire rescue operations. There has to be a manager calling the shots in life or death situations.
But this same style doesn't work very well in areas or industries where you want employees to think for themselves and make decisions as they see fit. Having a manager say, "Because I told you so," won't work in creative businesses or a company that needs team members to think on their feet.
"You can be stern and forthright, and that's my management style, but when you lose it totally, that's a sign of weakness."
--- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
A pacesetter management style is one where the manager rolls up his or her sleeves and shows employees what needs to be done and how to do it, and expects those employees to follow in suit. Jack Welch, nicknamed Neutron Jack, the former CEO of General Electric was a pacesetter and he expected his managers to do the same. The style worked for him at the time and General Electric soared to greater heights than ever before.
"The secret of successful managing is to keep the five guys who hate you away from the four guys who haven't made up their minds."
--- Casey Stengel
The coaching management style is where the manager shows employees how it's done and then coaches them through the work. This style requires the manager to first establish a good relationship with the employees. Employees will respect the coaching from a manager who they first know cares about them.
"The prevailing - and foolish - attitude is that a good manager can be a good manager anywhere, with no special knowledge of the production process he's managing. A man with a financial background may know nothing about manufacturing shoes or cars, but he's put in charge anyway."
--- W. Edwards Deming
The affiliative style of management strives to establish a harmonious relationship, putting people ahead of tasks. This style looks at the needs of team members to make sure they are satisfied with their roles before giving them projects. It is based on that if the employee is happy, the work will get done. The downside is that if a deadline isn't met, the people-first attitude can fly out the window.
"Managing a business, small or large, today requires an extremely disciplined, thoughtful approach with regard to the pressure that people are under."
--- Howard Schultz
Every management style has its pros and cons and the key is knowing when to use which style. It is easier to determine if the manager remembers that the ultimate goal is to reach 100% employee engagement. An engaged employee has the same heart and mind into the work that the manager and owner has. Your style should include a mix of the standard styles blended with your own personal style to guide all team members toward full engagement.
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